The annual ArchPAC student charrette is a voluntary orientation event at the CBE to welcome incoming graduate and undergraduate students to the program and offer a chance to meet other students and collaborate with local and regional design professionals as they enter the program, this city and the campus.

The traditional format for the charrette typically includes between 60-80 graduate and undergraduate students and 15-20 design professionals, organized into small groups of 8-10. These groups address both a specific site and a larger urban framework design problem that involves collaboration with other teams and a representation of the findings after the half-day charrette concludes.