The architecture and landscape architecture summer camp is returning virtually

UNIVERSTY PARK, Pennsylvania – Due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 virus and its variants, Penn State’s 2021 Architecture and Landscape Architecture Summer Camp will be held from July 12-15 for the second year in a row.

The four-day event is aimed at high school students interested in design, architectural engineering and / or construction management and offers campers the opportunity to participate in hands-on exercises and activities typical of professional university-level design students, such as drawing and model making, all in one small virtual studio environment.

Stuckeman School faculty members from the high-level architecture and landscape architecture programs – including Cathy Braasch, camp organizer and assistant professor of architecture, and Lauren Sosa, assistant professor of landscape architecture – will lead this year’s camp along with two teaching assistants.

Cathy Braasch, lecturer in architecture

“I think the virtual camp is a great lemon-to-lemonade story,” said Braasch. “Last year I designed it on the spur of the moment and it was very successful. We were able to use the virtual format to do “office visits” to globally recognized firms (Stoss Landscape Urbanism and Danny Forster & Architecture) and the studio assignments were done with affordable or found materials to suit the remote environment. “

Last year’s remote event drew 66 high school students from 16 states and territories – including Puerto Rico, California, and Texas – to Penn State’s virtual design studios. Braasch wants to build on this dynamic in the summer.

“The camp has both synchronous and asynchronous components,” she said. “We have a lot of real-time discussions with the campers and faculty members who have shared some of their excellent existing online content. We also used a blog last year to promote the conversations about the asynchronous content and all of the discussions were very lively. “

Due to the virtual nature of the event, four scholarships are available for students based on financial needs and / or cultural diversity, rather than the two available during the in-person camp years.

The camp is traditionally held in the gold-certified Stuckeman Family Building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) (LEED) on the University Park campus and is an outreach service of the College of Arts and Architecture.

For more information, including the daily schedule, scholarship information, and online registration, please visit

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