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Intermediate Course: Introduction to Digital Modeling & Architectural Design (Grades 7-12)

July 13 @ 9:00 am - July 17 @ 3:00 pm
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The week will examine how architecture impacts foodways infrastructure on a regional, national, and global level. Students will delve into how current and past architectural structures have been driven by maximizing industrialized foodways and since become a large contributor to today’s climate challenges.

During the week students will be empowered and guided to reimagine the food system in a design challenge, that will promote sustainable and just foodways.

Students will learn the basics of digital modeling using Trimble SketchUp Make (free) as applied to an individual architectural design project. Focused on the intersection of food and architecture, the course will explore architectural design issues like space-shaping, scale, proportion, materiality, energy and sustainability, aesthetics, and representations. Students will learn how to use the software as a design tool rather than simply a means of representing their ideas. They will learn how to properly construct digital models and how to generate impressive images in order to present their design. 

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. Eligibility: previous architecture workshop experience and a good understanding of the general architecture design process and basic vocabulary. Students should be entering grades 7-12. If you have eligibility questions, please contact our Program Coordinator, Abby Howell-Dinger at or 608-588-7900 ext. 225.


NEW for 2020, camp and exhibition will be held at the Hillside School on the Taliesin estate.
All camps are day camps, Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm.


A more detailed description and instructor bio to come.


Shuttle service from the west side of Madison is available on a first-come-first-served basis for a small additional fee. To sign up for shuttle service, please fill the transportation form and return it to Abby Howell-Dinger, Program Coordinator, at


Scholarships are available, apply here.

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July 13 @ 9:00 am
July 17 @ 3:00 pm
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