Camp Architecture and Design 2023

The Center for Architecture and Design (CFAD) is thrilled to announce that we served a record number of campers during the 2023 summer sessions of Camp Architecture and Design (CAD) and High School Design Studio (HSDS) – 156 campers in three weeklong sessions at the Knowlton School and one week at Wellington.

Our projects at CAD were inspired by the world of Roblox; at HSDS students investigated the role of figure vs. ground to uncover the relationship between all various elements that compose the built environment.

We’re also excited to announce that we sponsored full registration for 14 scholarship campers this summer. This is in addition to all of our free youth design programming offered throughout the year at Design Pop!, High School Design Workshops and partnerships with community organizations, all part of our goal to make architecture and design accessible to more people, cultures and communities, and eliminate barriers to the design professions for under-represented people at all levels.

Many thanks to Knowlton and Wellington for partnering with us again this summer! Many thanks as well to the many central Ohio architecture, engineering and design professionals, firms and organizations for presenting to our campers, preparing the curriculum, supporting us financially, etc.: AIA Columbus, OHM, Knowlton, OCASLA, IIDA, NAC, KI, Korda, MKSK, MKC, Columbus Downtown Development Corp., REALM Collaborative, NBBJ, BHDP, AECOM, DLR Group and Fanning Howey. And thanks to camper parents for their donations! We couldn’t reach this many campers each year without you!

Our camp started in 2010 with a one-week camp session, sponsored by AIA Columbus, and has grown every year since the establishment of CFAD with the addition of High School Design Studio in 2016; expansion to two weeks in 2016 and three weeks in 2017 at Knowlton; and participation in Wellington’s summer options in 2019. Every summer and throughout the year we now serve central Ohio youth in grades 3-12.

For a look at our camp sessions, please check out the link to our photos and visit the CFAD exhibit space to see our camp exhibit, featuring student work from our 2023 sessions.

If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please sign up to join us in our efforts to bring the world of architecture and design to all members of our community through our youth design programs, Design Month, Voices of Design, Orange Line, exhibits and more. Sign up

View camp photos.

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