Design Camp

DESIGN, CREATE, INNOVATE

Have a future architect on your hands? Begin their architectural adventure here with us at Design Camp. These camps are created to spark imagination in the exciting world of architecture, planning and landscape. 

These programs are being offered at the University of Calgary by Active Living and the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Please note that the activities listed are subject to change and are presented as examples only. 

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Design Camps

Is your child's architectural vision outgrowing this year's Lego kits? Encourage their creative potential in our design camp crafted and led by the inventive students of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape. Young builders and aspiring city planners will learn foundational design skills to breathe life into their visionary ideas and will explore a spectrum of design techniques and planning methods, delving into materials, scales, and crafting models. Drawing inspiration from our evolving University of Calgary campus, they'll use it as a full-scale laboratory to observe and explore beautiful buildings and landscapes, ultimately crafting their own miniature city. Grab your creativity caps and join us for a week of imaginative fun!

Aspiring builders and city planners, join us at City Building Downtown camp to pioneer the future of urban spaces! Created and led by the imaginative students at the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape, this design camp is situated in our downtown location, providing a unique and inspiring setting. Together, campers will unlock new skills to craft designs tailored for downtown cityscapes. Collaboratively, they'll employ various design techniques and planning methods, exploring materials, scales, and crafting models to bring their design ideas to life. Utilizing downtown Calgary as a full-scale laboratory, campers will draw inspiration from the vibrant cityscape, designing beautiful buildings and landscapes to create their very own downtown. Join us for a week of creativity and fun in the heart of Calgary!

Calling all Aspiring architects and urban visionaries to join Future Design Studio, a creative journey where you will innovate the future of city spaces in our world.  Led by the innovative students of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape, this design camp is a unique opportunity for campers to uncover new skills and bring their visions to life. Campers will explore a variety of design techniques and planning methods, delving into materials, scales, and representations. From producing images to crafting models, they will learn how to express their ideas effectively. The University of Calgary's evolving campus and award-winning green buildings will serve as a full-scale laboratory, providing inspiration and opportunities to explore, observe, and design beautiful buildings, landscapes, and future scenarios for urban spaces. Building on shared interests in design and local community making, we explore new ways to co-create. Get out your creativity caps and join us for a week of fun in our design studio imagining the future!

What does it take to build a great city? Aspiring architects and young urban visionaries interested in architecture and urbanism are invited to join our students from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape in a collaborative exploration of this question in our downtown location. Design skills and knowledge will be developed through skill building and downtown exploration. Building on a shared experience of design and local community making, we explore new ways of collaborating and co-creating. Choosing a site in downtown Calgary, participants will be challenged to redesign an aspect of the city/public space and present a proposal to transform its function, appearance, accessibility, and other characteristics. We’ll seek inspiration right here, using downtown Calgary as a full-scale laboratory to explore, observe and design beautiful buildings, landscapes and envision future scenarios for urban spaces. Come downtown and learn how to tackle complex problems using your design skills and start crafting your future career making Calgary the place you imagine it to be!