Exploring a new perspective, testing limits, expanding potential.

These concepts are central to the design and planning professions—and central to what the Design Discovery program offers:

  • A chance to learn first-hand what it’s like to pursue an education and possibly a career in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning & design
  • A rigorous course of intensive studio work, lectures, workshops, critiques, and field trips—sometimes social, and sometimes solitary
  • An immersive culture that is challenging, rewarding, and exhilarating
  • An unparalleled opportunity to explore possibilities

Design Discovery is a six-week summer program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD).

We welcome people—from recent high school and college graduates to seasoned professionals—who want to explore the possibilities. Some of our participants are considering a career in design or planning, but not all. Design Discovery appeals to people with a broad spectrum of interests and remarkably diverse plans and goals.

Please explore this site to learn more about Design Discovery. You may also join our mailing list by completing this online form, and you may view a PDF of the Design Discovery mailer here.