Camp Architecture and Design

For students entering grades 3-8

About Camp Architecture and Design

Registration is closed for 2023.

Camp Architecture and Design (CAD) is a one-week program that introduces elementary school-age children grades 3-8 to the world of design. Students will participate in daily activities, including a series of engaging hands-on projects, presentations, and tours. CAD is led by fun and energetic directors, who have previous experience working with youths. Directors are assisted by a team of talented counselors, who are currently enrolled in a partnering higher educational program.

2023 Theme: ROBLOX 

This year’s camp architecture will be inspired by the world of Roblox. What is Roblox? Roblox is an app that allows users to play a wide variety of games and create games within the “ultimate virtual universe”. Expanding upon the creative nature of the app, the summer program will be engaging and promote ideation across various activities! Bridging the virtual and real world, a field trip will be scheduled where students can observe and analyze real-life examples of architecture and design that can be used to inform their design ideas.

Combining architectural and engineering principles, the camp will include a mix of design challenges, construction projects, and interactive activities building upon Roblox inspired gaming platforms. This hands-on approach to learning can help to reinforce key concepts and encourage students to explore their own creativity and design ideas.

The camp will also feature opportunities for collaboration and teamwork, where students can work together to design and build projects. The students will be encouraged to share their ideas and perspectives, work together to solve design challenges, and build on each other’s strengths.

Overall, camp architecture will provide a unique and fun learning experience that allows students to explore their creativity, discover new interests, and develop their own design and building skills in a supportive and engaging environment.


Week 1: June 5-9, 2023
Week 2: June 12-16, 2023
Week 3: June 19-23, 2023

Weekly Schedule:


Industrial Design and Engineering

City and Regional Planning

Landscape Architecture

Interior and Graphic Design

Camp Fees:

$350; Scholarships are available for eligible students as funds allow.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do campers need to provide their own lunch?

Campers must bring their own lunch and water bottle daily. NOTE: Refrigeration will not be provided.


Where do Camp Architecture and High School Design Studio take place?

Both programs take place at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University, where the school’s studio spaces and other resources can be utilized.

What are the hours of the camps and is there an after care option?

Camp runs 9am-3pm daily. Daily flexible drop off from 8am-9am and flexible pick-up from 3pm-4pm is provided for Camp Architecture participants. Supervision is not provided for High School Design Studio participants before 9am or after 3pm, but HSDS participants may participate in Camp Architecture before/after care if needed. A late fee of $1 per minute, per child will be collected if your child is picked up after 4pm. Please note that on the last day of each program (Friday), there is no flexible pick up and camp ends following the parent exhibition.


How will campers be split into groups?

Campers in both Camp Architecture and High School Design Studio will be split into groups based on grade level. While Camp Architecture is open to children entering grades 3 through 8, campers will only be in groups with campers close in age. Programming and activities will be appropriately tailored to each group. High School Design Studio participants will generally be divided with rising high school freshmen and sophomores in one group, juniors and seniors in another.


When can I find out more information about the programming my child will be doing as part of Camp Architecture or High School Design Studio?

Our programming committees are currently working hard to develop a fun, educational and enriching camp program for your child. More specific details including the schedule for the week will be available prior to the start of camp.


Who will be overseeing my child during camp?

Campers will be placed into groups with 5-8 other children and will be directly overseen by a Camp Counselor. The Camp Counselors are college students studying architecture, design, landscape architecture, or city and regional planning. All Camp Counselors go through training and are required to obtain both BCI and FBI background checks. The Camp Counselors are overseen by a Camp Director who is in charge of the day to day running of the camp.


How does parent pick-up and drop-off work? How do I park on campus?

Pick-up and drop-off happens along Ives Drive, to the south of the Knowlton School of Architecture. This is a No Parking zone, so we will have counselors available to greet parents and bring their child(ren) into the building and out to the waiting car at the end of the day. We do ask that parents park and come into the school on the first day of camp to meet the camp directors and counselors and to make sure we have all of the necessary paperwork for their child. On the last day of the camp, we have a parent open house and presentation/exhibition of the activities done throughout the camp. For these days, public parking is available in the nearby Tuttle Park garage across the street from the Knowlton School.


What is the cost of Camp Architecture and Design

The cost of the one-week Camp Architecture is $350 / camper.

What is the cost of High School Design Studio?

The cost of the two-week High School Design Studio program is $590 / camper.


Do you provide scholarships for Camp?

Yes, need-based scholarship requests can be found at this link:

To be considered for a scholarship, campers will need to have a teacher, principal, or non-family member adult fill out a recommendation form, found here:

Our Partners

Platinum Partners

AIA Columbus

GPD Group
TRIAD Architects

Moody Nolan

Grant Support

AIA Ohio Foundation
Ohio Arts Council

Battelle STEM Grant
The Columbus Foundation

Greater Columbus Arts Council