Camp Architecture inspires local youth

By August 17, 2015September 3rd, 2015Civic Work, Staff Activity

Each summer at Camp Architecture, design-minded youth (ages 8-14) are introduced to the built environment through explorations in architecture, planning, and landscape architecture. Activities include field trips, model making, walking tours, professional presentations, and thought provoking games. The camp operates through the Center for Architecture and Design, partnering with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Columbus and The Ohio State University, which hosted the camp at The Knowlton School of Architecture on its Columbus campus.

Planning NEXT colleagues have been instrumental to Camp Architecture. Sarah Bongiorno has served as Executive Coordinator of Camp Architecture since 2011. She has been instrumental in the growth and success of the camp, which has quadrupled the number of campers since its inception. In addition to managing registration and logistics, she has led the programming committee of volunteers in the design of the camp curriculum.

Kyle May has led the city planning portion of Camp Architecture for several years running. His creation of “The City Game” has inspired campers to imagine their ideal city. Complete with streets, subways, and community amenities, the campers are challenged to incorporate new development into the cityscape. The groups complete their cities through a series of iterations, competing for the end goal of hosting the Olympics.

Brian Ashworth has been involved with Camp Architecture for three years, serving as the touchstone for landscape architecture to both Camp Architecture and High School Design Studio. This year, the second week of programming tasked campers to design miniature golf courses.

We thank our team for their involvement with Camp Architecture and in the education of central Ohio’s youth, providing alternative and engaging opportunities for individuals to learn and grow within the fields of architecture and design.