Architecture Camp

Architecture Camp is a 5 day experience that immerses campers in the world of architecture and design.  The Branch house is their workshop, as they learn to appreciate the built environment that surrounds them, and most importantly, how they can improve it in a positive way!  Campers are challenged to think critically about architecture, and empowered to believe that design can improve quality of life, and impact their community.  Campers participate in projects that involve 2-D and 3-D design challenges and learn about professional careers in design.

Architecture Camp is a program that uses the Branch House as a learning tool and art object.  Camp curriculum explores all steps of the building and design process using Virginia Standards of Learning and STEAM principals that drive education today.  Campers work with different materials and learn about building techniques, methods of construction, observation techniques and figurative sketching while using the Branch House as a workshop.

Campers will:

· Learn about Richmond’s rich architectural history and contemporary architecture.

· Use inventive and resourceful design to improve their quality of life and impact their community.

· Be introduced to design related careers and professional opportunities.

2019 Architecture Camp Dates 
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July 8-12 (for rising 6th through 8th graders)
July 22-26 (for rising 6th through 8th graders)
Added Camp! July 29- August 2 (for 1st- 5th Graders)

August 5-9 (for rising 6th through 8th graders)

Registration Fee:  $300

Architecture Camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday

What each camper needs each day:
  • Weather-appropriate clothing, including rain gear if necessary
  • Clothes that are easy to move around in – we’re going to be moving and making and building, so delicate or formal clothes are not appropriate
  • Shoes that are comfortable for walking in
  • Sunscreen / bug-spray if that is something your camper needs
  • A nutritious and filling bag lunch each day
Each day campers will be working on their observational skills, and practicing presenting their ideas. We’ll be discussing, writing, sketching, working in teams, working individually, and working with practicing designers to explore Richmond and the many fields of design. Please encourage your campers to discuss their day with you and what they observed and presented at camp!
Day 1- Introduction to the Branch and Fan District
  • Branch Museum Tour
  • Exploring artifacts of the Branch
  • Dream Branch House Design Challenge
Day 2- Architecture and Engineering
  • Introduction to the design process
  • Bridges 101: how do they work?
  • Bridge-building
Day 3- Nitty Gritty
  • About building materials: how they work and how to use them
  • Egg-Drop engineering / building challenge at The Branch
  • Construction Anatomy: parts of a building
Day 4- Around the City
  • Map-making
  • Walking tour of the Fan District
  • Observational drawings
Day 5- Monument Ave. + Rapid Build Design Challenge
  • Series of Rapid Build Challenges – working with different materials and design professionals to apply skills learned
  • Monument Ave redesign challenge – how do you imagine the future of Richmond?
  • Reflection + Farewell reception

Check out what Science Matters at WCVE says about Architecture Camp!

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