Students pose with their creation at the end-of-camp presentation. – photo by James Sharp

Last week, The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA) hosted a week-long summer camp for 23 high school students interested in architecture and interior design. The students were treated to an immersive experience, staying in dorms at UTA and working in the studio from 9 to 5 daily. The camp, which is in its 10th year, is overseen by CAPPA Assistant Dean Rebecca Boles, AIA.

Summer@CAPPA students, immersed in their artistic pursuits – photo by James Sharp

At the end of the camp, the students produced an exhibition of group installations as a result of their work with two and three-dimensional exercises. The inspiration for the work, which was composed of materials like cups, string, and cables, was to visualize a series of verbs, including “to rotate,” “to cover,” and “to balance.”

When not working tirelessly on their projects, the students visited museums, watched movies, and had water-balloon fights. Regarding the camp’s rigorous schedule of architectural work, one student asked, “Is this what being an adult is like?” Another camper, Dalton Tasset, described his experience during the week. “Last week at Summer@CAPPA was awesome,” said Tasset. “I got to learn about the thinking process behind the idea of how a building gets created. One isn’t just created. There is an art behind it, an idea of a wow factor, and a connection between the person and the building. I will definitely think more in depth of how to design my buildings in the future, rather that just putting walls into Revit.”

Boles commented that this group of students was one of the strongest they’ve hosted thus far. “By the end of the week, we were all physically exhausted, but creatively recharged,” she said. “Their families should be very proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

by: Alyssa Morris