About Camp Architecture and High School Design Studio:

Camp Architecture and High School Design Studio is a summer camp for Central Ohio youth ages 8-18 which introduces them to the world of architecture and design through numerous hands-on activities.

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Camp Architecture

Camp Architecture

For students entering grades 3-8
$335 / camper / week

Registration Coming Soon!

Week 1: July 6-10, 2020
Week 2: July 13-17, 2020
Week 3: July 20-24, 2020

About Camp Architecture

2020 Curriculum Coming Soon!

Camp Architecture 2019 Curriculum

Camp Architecture will explore different scales of the world of design, introducing campers to the field of architecture and many related design industries.

Camper Check-In

  • AM –  Tower or bridge activity (structural engineering)
  • PM – Musical instrument activity (industrial and graphic design)


Short North/OSU Field Trip (Please wear durable walking shoes)

  • AM – Vamp Clothing Store (retail design)
  • AM – Jeni’s (retail design)
  • PM – Drake Performance Center (theatre design)


Design a Theatre Set or Retail Space

  • AM – Mood boards/story boards (interior design)
  • PM – Build box models of the spaces (interior design)


Explore City and Regional Planning

  • AM – City Game (city and regional planning)
  • PM – Cityscape facades (architecture)


Parent Presentation

  • AM – Finish any projects in preparation for parent presentation
  • PM – Parent Showcase

High School Design Studio

High School Design Studio

For students entering grades 9-12
$560 / camper

Registration Coming Soon!

July 27 – August 7, 2020

Two-week camp

About High School Design Studio

2020 Curriculum Coming Soon!

High School Design Studio 2019 Curriculum

High School Design Studio focuses on teaching students the fundamentals of design and sketching in order to set a foundation in the fields of architecture, interior design, industrial design, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning.

  • Monday, June 10 – Introduction day / collaborative project
  • Tuesday, June 11 – Field trip to Moody Nolan / tour of Moody Nolan projects in Columbus
  • Wednesday, June 12 – City and regional planning workshop led by Amber Woodburn and Jason Reece
  • Thursday / Friday, June 13-14 – Landscape architecture project led by Tameka Sims
  • Monday, June 17 – Architecture workshop led by Jon Rieke
  • Tuesday, June 18 – Field trip to Columbus College of Art and Design – Interior design day
  • Wednesday, June 19 – Continuation of architecture workshop/project led by Jon Rieke
  • Thursday, June 20 – Industrial design project led by Abi Yerger
  • Friday, June 21 – Graphic design and portfolio workshop led by Rhys Gruebel. Parent presentation of portfolios at 2 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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 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?

The cost of the one-week Camp Architecture is $335 / camper.

What is the cost of High School Design Studio?

The cost of the two-week High School Design Studio program is $560 / camper.

Do you provide scholarships for Camp?

Yes, need-based scholarship requests can be found at this link: https://www.columbuscfad.org/camp-architecture/register/scholarships/

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: https://www.columbuscfad.org/camp-architecture/register/scholarships/recommendation/

Do campers need to provide their own lunch?

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