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


Discover Design

Entering Grades 2 – 4

Is your child's architectural vision surpassing this year’s Lego kits? Budding builders and young city planners can unleash their creativity in this design camp developed and led by our innovative students at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Working together, campers will uncover new foundational design skills to help bring their ideas to life. They’ll discover a variety of design techniques and planning methods exploring materials, scales, crafting models and collaborating with friends. We’ll seek inspiration right here at the University of Calgary using our developing campus as a full-scale laboratory to explore and observe beautiful buildings and landscapes to create their own little city.

The young designers will present their designs to their community of family and friends on Friday afternoon. Get out your creativity caps and join us for a week of fun! 

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Future Design Studio

Entering Grades 5 – 7

Future Design Studio is seeking all aspiring architects and young urban visionaries to innovate the future of cityspaces in our world. Campers can unleash their creativity in this design camp developed and led by our innovative students at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Working together, campers will uncover new skills to create designs fit for the future. To bring their visions to life, they’ll work with a variety of design techniques and planning methods exploring materials, scales, and representations, producing images and crafting models. We’ll seek inspiration right here at the University of Calgary using our developing campus and award winning green buildings as a full-scale laboratory to explore, observe and design beautiful buildings, landscapes and envision future scenarios for urban spaces. Building on shared interests in design and local community making, we explore new ways to co-create.

The young designers will present their visions to their community of family and friends on Friday afternoon. Get out your creativity caps and join us for a week of fun in our design studio imagining the future!

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City Building Downtown

Entering Grades 2 – 4

City Building Downtown camp is calling all budding builders and young city planners to innovate the future of our city spaces. Campers can unleash their creativity in this design camp developed and led by our innovative students at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Working together, campers will uncover new skills to create designs fit for downtown cityscapes. To bring their design ideas to life, they’ll work with a variety of design techniques and planning methods exploring materials, scales, and crafting models. We’ll seek inspiration right here, using downtown Calgary as a full-scale laboratory to explore, observe and design beautiful buildings and landscapes to create their own little downtown.

The young designers will present their designs to their community of family and friends on Friday afternoon. Come downtown for a creative and fun week of design!

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City Building Downtown

Entering Grades 5 – 10

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. Design skills and knowledge will be developed through skill building, downtown exploration, and guest visits from professionals in the design fields. 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!

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