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SUMMER CAMP: Cincinnati Architecture Mentoring Program

ATTENTION: Summer C.A.M.P application deadline is May 31, 2015. Please see the link below to apply.

Summer CAMP: Cincinnati Architecture Mentoring Program is an architectural summer camp offered at the University of Cincinnati's nationally ranked College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. The camp is a collaboration among local Cincinnati and regional institutions including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Cincinnati Chapter, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Midwest Region, Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), and the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati (UC).


Sunday, July 12-Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the UC College of DAAP.


Summer CAMP is open to rising eighth and ninth graders. Priority will be given to minority applicants.


Summer CAMP fee for applications is $75 per camper.
The fee includes supplies, field trips and lunch each day.

The application deadline is Sunday, May 31, 2015. Application is available here.

Mail application, fee, and essay to:
School of Architecture and Interior Design
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH   45221-0016
Attn: Kim Lawson
Summer CAMP participants will be notified about decisions by phone or email.


This week long camp begins every morning with design studio instruction led by teams made up of current architecture faculty and selected graduate students. Campers are led through free-hand drawing, model building, and engaging problem-solving exercises and will use these skills to complete a final "real-world" design project. Each day, local design professionals visit camp to share their experiences and talents, provide feedback to campers on their work, and encourage participants to pursue their dreams.

Campers will spend their afternoons visiting local architecture firms, touring noteworthy buildings in the Cincinnati area, observing design projects currently under construction, taking in historical architectural sites, and documenting the site for their final design project. A tour of the University of Cincinnati's campus, where there is an exceptional variety of buildings and landscapes designed by signature architects from around the country, will be given the first day.

The goal of Summer CAMP is to foster greater awareness among younger students regarding the possibilities for and requirements of an architectural career, as well as to increase diversity within the architecture profession.

Diversity within the profession is being demanded by design employers, not only in Cincinnati but nationally. And locally and nationally, design employers look to UC to fulfill their needs for top-level training of students who are the future design professionals. We want to start early in attracting a diverse group of students into design, seeing them through their education and then on into the working world.