Places still available for young people interested in summer architecture + design camp

There are still places available for aspiring seventh graders who want to learn more about architecture and design this summer.

Tuesday afternoon, the Alex Foundation had five more openings for the Alex Foundation’s architecture + design camp, scheduled for July 12-16 and July 19-23, at Belmont Plantation.

The camps, which are free, are reserved for seventh graders and are free to all participants.

There are three openings for the girls’ camp from July 12 to 16 and two places available for the mixed camp from July 19 to 23.

During the week of July 12-16, attendees will participate in an architecture and design camp with Mississippi architect Emily Poole and Tennessee design designer Kimberly Winkle. Campers will design and build a house shelving unit and design architecturally inspired homemade cookies under the direction of Ann Potter Bakery.

The week of July 19-23 will be dedicated to architecture, design and engineering with Little Rock-based Garver Engineering, Mississippi architect Emily Poole and North Carolina designer Annie Evelyn. Students will design and make an ottoman. Campers will visit Joyce Fabrics to select the beanbag fabrics they will make.

Students will learn about engineering and how architects and engineers work together. They will learn how to design a downtown green space, read blueprints, sketch, draw and paint the Belmont Plantation and design models. They will also learn how to use drones and they will build an ottoman as part of the interior design. On July 20, campers will have the chance to meet in person Wendy from Wendy’s Restaurant, who will provide lunch for all campers.

During both camps, campers will visit Akins Complete Furniture in Dumas, Arkansas.

All classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. All supplies, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Funding for both camps is made possible through a grant from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Zone and Garver Engineers; and a contribution from Planters Bank.

For anyone interested in registering their seventh-year Uprising student, parents should visit and register no later than July 2.

Alex Foundation Executive Director Angela Courtney said the Alex Foundation started in 2010 to give students exposure to architecture and design and that they started their architecture + design summer camps in 2014 .

“Most schools don’t teach architecture. Our summer camps give students creative and technical skills while teaching them the built environment. They find out how communities are planned and designed and how architects and designers shape the environments we all live in, ”said Courtney, noting that it was also important for them to encourage more girls to take an interest in world of architecture.

“The architectural profession has not always been inclusive and women have not entered the profession at the same rate as men,” she said. “Our girls’ camp is run by women, which gives girls the opportunity to see someone like them in an unfamiliar career. This creates a direct connection with women in architecture and is essential for diversity and inclusion.

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