Cincinnati Architecture Mentoring Program (CAMP) 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).
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.
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.