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Summer @ CAPPA Offers High Schoolers an Intensive Design Experience

June 24, 2016

For the 2016 Summer@CAPPA summer camp at the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, 23 high school students from the greater Dallas-Fort Worth region participated in a weeklong adventure June 19th through the 24th.

Summer at Cappa 16 GroupSummer@CAPPA was established to provide high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who have shown an interest and ability in art, architecture or any of the design arts an immersive creative experience. The students stayed on-campus in one of the university dorms and spend most of their time drawing and building.

This year Arlington ISD and Dallas ISD sponsored students from the Arlington Collegiate High School and H. Grady Spruce High School, respectively, to attend the camp. Contributions from the American Institute of Architects Fort Worth Chapter, Dallas Academy Foundations, Dallas Center for Architecture, GSR Andrade Architects, RPGA Design Group, and VLK Architects also provided scholarships to support students with financial need.

Many of this year’s campers plan to study architecture or interior design after they graduate high school, and several have placed UTA at the top of their list.

During the week the students work together to build and explore a variety of design media and methods.  The week ended with a presentation of each group's completed design project at a reception for the students' families.

“I knew I had to grow my artistic ability and to see things with an open mind,” said camper Faith Harrison, who attends Lewisville High School. “This experience definitely strengthened my motivation to become an architect.”

CAPPA Assistant Dean Rebecca Boles has overseen the summer camp program since its inception. “This has been one of the strongest groups we’ve hosted thus far,” she said. “By the end of the week, we’re all physically exhausted, but creatively recharged. Their families should be very proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

To learn more about the 2016 campers, visit our Summer@CAPPA 2016 page.

Experience more Summer@CAPPA on our Flickr profile.