Camp Architecture is a series of week-long summer day programs designed for students interested in the field of architecture and design. Participants learn to draw by hand and on the computer, construct models in the CAPLA Materials Lab, test structural models, and learn about sustainability and careers in the design field. Led by Registered Architect Valerie Lane, with the support of outstanding student assistants, aspiring architects will get a unique glimpse into the world of design while acquiring skills unavailable outside a college setting.

Designed for middle school and high school students, Camp Architecture is a five-day sequence of highly orchestrated workshops. The registration fee is $375; a 25% discount for University of Arizona employees is available.

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Camp sessions for summer 2019 are as follows, all camp days run from 9 am - 4 pm: 

  • June 3 - 7, Rising 6th - 8th grades
  • June 10 - 14, Rising 9th - 12th grades
  • June 17 - 21, Mixed ages (grades 6-12 welcome)
  • June 24 - 28, Mixed ages/Advanced Session (grades 6-12 welcome AND return campers encouraged to join this session)

Advanced session: 

Camp Arc Intensive is intended to build on the experience of earlier participants and offers a more advanced architectural design experience.  Campers will have the opportunity to work on a single project throughout the entire week, building a deeper understanding of how a building is designed and constructed.  

Campers will learn about the many factors that must come together to create a realistic proposal for architectural design.  Campers will consider the impact architecture has on the community and the surrounding city.  They will be introduced to notable historical and modern buildings as precedent studies.  Through their own proposals for a real site and real needs, campers will be asked to think about the future city and how architecture impacts the evolution of society.

Camp Architecture is a public education program of the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture. Your registration fee is a non-tax deductible payment. 

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