June 07, 2012

Middle school, high school architecture camps set

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Campers come from around the world to build friendships and learn about buildings and design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s architecture camps.

The Division of Continuing Education along with the School of Architecture at SIU Carbondale is again offering the award-winning architecture camps for youths in grades four through 12 this summer.  Camp participants will develop an understanding of why buildings look the way they do, what architects and interior designers do, how people design, construct, use and reuse a building and so much more.  Activities include taking historic architecture field trips to locales including St. Louis, sketching and rendering, visiting construction sites, casting concrete, model building, computer graphics and computer-aided drafting.

Jon Davey, the project director for the Architecture camps, is starting his 30th year of design teaching.  He is a five-time recipient of his department’s Teacher of the Year award and the winner of the college Teacher of the Year twice, Distinguished Faculty Award twice, and college scholar of the year honor.  He has a special interest in young people’s ideas of design, especially their development of three-dimensional spatial skills. 

This summer features weeklong sessions of Middle School Architecture and High School Architecture Camps. Middle School Architecture Camp is set for July 15- 20, followed by High School Architecture July 22-27.  Registration for each of these camps is $360 for commuters or $510 for residential campers.  The $510 resident fee includes all dinners (Sunday-Thursday), lunches (Monday-Friday), breakfasts (Monday-Friday), five nights lodging in an air-conditioned SIU Carbondale residence hall (Sunday-Thursday), educational supplies and materials, transportation for the St. Louis field trip, camp supplies and materials, limited accident medical insurance coverage, an Architecture Camp T-shirt and quality instruction.  The $360 commuter fee includes all of the above, with the exception of breakfasts and lodging. 

Check-in for all campers will be from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  All campers and their guardians are to meet with the camp director at 4 p.m.  Commuter campers are welcome to stay for dinners (Sunday-Thursday) and all evening activities until 8:30 p.m.

Information about summer camp offerings is updated daily on the Division of Continuing Education’s website.  Enrollment is limited for the architecture camps, so early registration is suggested. 

For registration and more information, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit https://www.dce.siu.edu/.