Open Studio is an introductory architecture program designed to provide BIPOC high school students the opportunity to identify a career in architecture. Through outreach and education, the goal of the program is to prepare students for a successful architectural education in college.
A Brief History


Since its founding in 1977, The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP has always been an industry leader in providing a workplace environment with an equitable gender mix, but it recognized there are still not enough people of color in architecture, especially women of color. Architecture is now a recognized part of STEM-based fields, so architects are responsible for making the profession more accessible and inclusive. In 2017, this very conversation at Miller Hull led to the development Open Studio in 2018.

Between the end of their 8th grade year and first year of college, students can participate in Open Studio in three ways:

2020 student exhibit: RUNNING DRY


As major cities around the world prepare for critical water management challenges in the near future, designers will be called upon to deliver solutions within the built environment. Students were asked to address how equity, specifically access to water, factored into their model. Final designs showcase a unique storyline of how individual student designers confronted these issues.

For the first time, Open Studio students are showcasing their work as part of the 2020 Seattle Design Festival, put on by AIA Seattle's Design in Public strategic initiative.