WHAT IS ARCH CAMP?
Think of WDA’s ARCH Camp as an Architecture 101 course: a high-level introduction to becoming an architect and how to get there. As practicing architects, we want to share our passion with future generations and promote social and racial equity in the industry. We recognize that great design is the result of collaborative efforts in which diverse contributors bring unique perspectives to the table.
WHO IS ARCH CAMP FOR?
We designed the Camp for current high school students who are interested in pursing architectural studies in college and subsequently as a profession. In an effort to increase diversity in the profession, this program gives priority to students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.
TOPICS COVERED IN ARCH CAMP:
ARCH Camp is a free program which consists of 6 virtual meetings hosted weekly on Wednesdays from June 15 through July 20, 2022. Each workshop session is created and presented by a group of junior and senior-level staff, showcasing a range of perspectives. They are designed to be interactive and we encourage student participation and feedback.
Each weekly session covers a range of topics, including:
- – Introduction to the field of architecture – what exactly do architects do?
- – Working Environment – office life and team dynamics
- – Project process – introduction to the different phases of a project
- – Design Process – what it is and how we use it daily
- – Becoming an architect – applying to Architecture school, what to expect in school, and becoming licensed
The 6th week is a dynamic panel discussion featuring WDA staff members at all phases of their careers. Students are given the opportunity to ask questions and shape the conversation. We are hoping to host this event in-person at our office this year, but it will also be available to students virtually.
Our staff also serve as mentors for students well beyond the 6-week program, providing as-needed guidance and support throughout the college application process, collegiate years, and post-college. We want to be continued resources for students throughout their architectural and professional journeys.
Questions can be directed to: [email protected]
ABOUT DEI + I
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion + Impact (DEI+I) is a strategic initiative group at WDA. Our mission is to combat continued barriers faced by historically underrepresented groups (including Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, Women, people from low-income backgrounds, etc.), by working towards dismantling institutions of inequity within our community and within the architecture industry.
ARCH Camp was born out of an internal call to action to bring more diversity into the profession. We acknowledge that the profession of architecture is not readily accessible to many historically underrepresented groups of people. To provide more exposure and support, we created this program for students who share our passion for architecture in hopes they will enter the workforce
Group members: Mary Bray Erickson, Architect; Mark Kebasso; Phoebe Lam, Architect; Parvathy Nair, Architect