Brian H. Griggs, AIA
Principal, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.
Summer@CAPPA is an annual weeklong summer camp held on the UTA campus for high school students interested in architecture and interior design. The students are treated to an immersive experience, staying in dorms and working in the studio from 9 to 5 daily.
At the end of the camp, the students produce an exhibition of group installations as a result of their work with two and three-dimensional exercises.
Dalton Tasset, a 2016 participant from Rockwall, told us the experience strengthened his desire to become an architect. “Summer@CAPPA was awesome," said Tasset. "I got to learn about the thinking process behind the idea of how a building gets 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.”
We encourage the application of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who have shown an interest and ability in art, architecture or any of the design arts as well as students who will benefit from an intensive summer program but might otherwise not have this kind of opportunity to develop his or her creative potential.
Projects are selected to actively engage students in the act of building and to creatively explore a variety of design media and methods. Past participants reported that the work completed in previous summer sessions has been invaluable in building their student portfolios for college admission.
Participants are chosen based on the recommendation of teachers or school counselors.
Interested applicants should have their teachers or counselors contact firstname.lastname@example.org.