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Pre-College Course: Advanced Digital Modeling & Architectural Design (Grades 9-12)

July 15 @ 9:00 am - July 19 @ 3:00 pm
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Design with the Pros!

Hold on the your T-Squares, and be prepared for a quick-paced, fun environment, proving enrichment and growth opportunities. From expansive architectural thought and discourse, to exploration of the granular realities of the discipline.

Both courses are designed with previous Architecture camp participants in mind and aim to further student interest and abilities in the architectural field as they may begin to prepare for a career in architecture and design.

Through critical analysis of our own design strategies, and thoughtful engagement with new techniques, these workshops will push the boundaries of possibility while providing valuable experience using both digital and physical design tools. Students will complete exercises to expand their awareness and understanding, while strengthening their ability to execute and communicate architectural thought. In short, students will learn to act by acting to learn. Wright called this experiential learning.

Daily presentations and group conversations will segway into exercises using architectural tools and conventions, such as digital modeling, as well as plan, elevation, and section drawings. The Taliesin estate will be the laboratory, offering students a chance to explore, study, and discuss.

The week will culminate with a presentation of individual projects developed through the collective coursework open to family and friends.

Students of the advanced course will be provided additional technical guidance and support for future portfolio preparation.


Students will build upon their existing knowledge of architecture and digital modeling using SketchUp Make (free) as applied to an individual project. Coursework will encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of the profession and the tools employed in the design process, with the goal of producing a portfolio-worthy project. The camp will explore similar architectural design concepts as previous workshops, with a higher degree of rigor, intrigue, and sophistication. Students in this session will be provided with additional technical guidance and support for future portfolio preparation.

Each student will need to bring a laptop with a power cord and mouse with Trimble SketchUp Make (free) installed, a camera or smartphone for photos, and a sketchbook is recommended. Lunch, full estate access with teaching staff and all other materials are included.

Prerequisite: prior design experience and familiarity with the software is important for this workshop. To alleviate concern regarding which camp is best for a potential student,  please consider sharing demonstrations of your work with the Director of Programs. SketchUp models or photos of drawings may be sent to: chamblen@taliesinpreservation.org

Instructor: Michael DesBarres AIA NCARB

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July 15 @ 9:00 am
July 19 @ 3:00 pm
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