What is the Asheville Design Center?

The Asheville Design Center (ADC) is a non-profit organization engaging Western North Carolina in creative community-based design. ADC values inclusive community input and engagement and believes that community-based design leads to healthy, thriving and equitable communities. ADC is a proven leader in community-based design and employs a rigorous community input process for all of their projects.

How much does the Studio cost?

The cost of the studio will be $2,500 per student. The application deadline is May 1, 2017. Final registration and tuition payment is due by May 15 or upon notification of acceptance after May 15.

Is there scholarship assistance available?

Partial scholarship assistance is available to qualified students. Please inquire with Chris Joyell (chris @ashevilledesigncenter.org) to receive an application.

Where will I live while enrolled in the Studio?

There are many options in Asheville, including summer sublets, hostels, and apartments for lease. Each participant will be responsible to arrange his or her own housing. Contact ADC for further information or assistance. 

What type of experience is required for the Studio?

Interested students are not required or expected to have a background in building or construction, but we will need one or two students with such experience. Students should have an ability to think critically, problem solve, generate solutions, listen, communicate well, be open to different perspectives, and be team/group oriented. This will be a highly intensive collaborative process that will involve many players and forces (budgets, building code compliance, permits, design professionals, community members, etc), so students will need to be flexible, adaptable, hard-working, humble, and committed. 

Interested students should also have a basic understanding of drawing conventions (plans, sections, elevations, axons) and should be able to communicate/utilize both analog and digital media. From an analog standpoint, students should be able to ideate with pen and pencil, as well as build physical models. From a digital standpoint, students should know AutoCAD (or some equivalent CAD drafting program), Sketchup, and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).

What is the selection process for the Studio?

Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Students can expect to receive a response within five business days after their applications have been received. We are looking for a range of experiences, backgrounds, and skills. Since this is an interdisciplinary studio, it will depend on a team that is comprised of different disciplines. Priority will be given to 3rd and 4th year students studying architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, construction management, and appropriate technology. However, we are also interested in other design/building disciplines such as planning, graphic design, interior design, etc.

Can I get university credit for the Studio?

The DesignBuild Studio will be an equivalent of six credit hours. Each participant will be responsible to coordinate the transfer of credit with their host College or University. Students of past DesignBuild studios have received credit for their participation (most notably Clemson University). Participants not currently enrolled in a College or University will receive a certificate indicating their successful completion of the studio. A course syllabus will be made available in early spring. We are also willing to work with students to complete internship opportunities or even independent studies. Contact ADC for further information or assistance.

Can I receive IDP (Architecture’s Intern Development Program) Credit for participating in the studio?

Yes, you will be able to receive hours for your work on this project.

When and where does the 2017 DesignBuild Studio take place?

The studio takes place in Asheville NC, in the midst of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. The studio is eight weeks long and will run from June 5th – July 28th. A mid-term break will occur on July 4-5.

What kind of time commitment is expected?

Classes will formally meet from 9 am – 1 pm on Monday – Friday. Expect this to be a full time commitment, though we will work to provide breaks when the schedule allows. Classes will consist of lectures, design exercises, critiques, field trips, site visits, on and off-site construction and fabrication, and research related to the project. Significant work and time is expected outside of formal class time. Participants will be expected to attend additional community meetings, develop presentations, meet with city/building officials, consultants, etc. Once construction begins, many full days of work will be required to complete the project.

How do I apply?

Student applications are due by May 1, 2017. Online applications are available here. A PDF of the application can be downloaded here. Hard copy applications can be submitted to:

Asheville Design Center
PO Box 1524
Asheville, NC 28802