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Imagine Architecture  


  • Type:
    Day camp, Virtual Camp/Program
  • Focus:
    Architecture
  • Cost:
    $600 to $730/week
  • Ages:
    15 to 18
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    38
  • Programs:
  • Summary

    Imagine Architecture answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Imagine Architecture provides an enthusiastic introduction to design for high school students in a university setting. Students may be considering applying to university programs in architecture or other disciplines, which require design thinking. Participants make models and drawings that engage their hands and imaginations. Shared projects occur in a collaborative studio at Carleton University's School of Architecture. Students receive individual attention and constructive feedback from instructors and bond with other students who share their interests. The campus setting adds to the experience, including sharing lunch at the all-you-care-to-eat residence dining hall.

    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "Taking part in Imagine Architecture is rewarding and fun. The program aims to give students the tools to represent their ideas and develop their creative skill set. They are invited to do so by making proposals and investigating new possibilities. Along the way, students are exposed to computer-based three-dimensional modeling and hand techniques. They discuss their work with others. The emphasis is on learning by doing. Graduates of Imagine Architecture have the material and skills for the portfolios needed to apply for any design program in North America. The experience gives participants insight into what it’s like to be an architecture student."

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Imagine Architecture takes place in Carleton University's School of Architecture during the summer recess. Faculty direct the program, which is taught by graduates and selected students with strong design skills and teaching experience. They are supported by talented studio assistants from the undergraduate program who have a lively understanding of the needs of current high school students and can answer their questions about the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program. The teaching team cultivates a friendly and supportive atmosphere, giving each student personal attention to help them gain experience and skills in design thinking and making and representing their creative ideas."

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Each stand-alone LAB can be completed independently and requires no previous training. For those who want a more fulsome experience, LABs 101, 102, and 103 are designed as a sequence, that builds successively on knowledge, confidence, and skills. You can register for any one or two of the LABs or you can register for all three to gain a thorough, fun design experience. There is a discount for the three-lab option. Spaces are limited. Register early to avoid disappointment. Registration is complete after you have filled in the form and paid tuition. You will receive an information package several weeks before the start of the program."

  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Imagine Architecture currently has 2 programs available.

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    Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|3D Design|Technology|Makerspace|Architecture
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 15 - 18
    Architecture, Computer (multi)
    $600
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Jul 29-Aug 02$600
    Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Mixed Media|Painting|Photography|3D Design|Technology|Makerspace|Architecture



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    Credit card payment Yes
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Imagine Architecture

    our take

    Programs that mimic real-world experiences are definitely more engaging and interesting for kids. Imagine Architecture is a unique program for high-school aged kids, held at the Architecture building at Carleton University and taught by professors, giving kids that “university experience”. Focused on architecture, design, and urbanism, this program fosters design thinking and creativity in the architecture space. Whether kids are interested in architecture or design as a career choice, or just want this experience for fun or a challenge, Imagine Architecture’s program prepares kids for university and helps foster personal growth. The workshops can be intensive, but there is an element of fun. In the end, kids can develop a portfolio, and teaching staff are willing to help with applications and answer questions around admissions. Kids come out of Imagine Architecture well prepared and knowing what to expect after high school if they were to pursue architecture as a career. 

    Three Things: Imagine Architecture
    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at Imagine Architecture


    Video interviews with parents, campers, and alum

    Peter Georgopoulos, Parent

    • 00:32 - What's unique about the program at Imagine Architecture that made you want to enroll your child there?
    • 00:54 - Was this your child's first experience with camp?
    • 01:28 - Was there any change or noticeable personal growth you saw in your child after time at camp?
    • 02:17 - If you hadn't sent your child to this camp, what's the most important personal growth that they would've missed out on?
    • 02:51 - How can a parent support their child to get the most out of this camp?
    • 03:26 - What does your child say about the camp, either to you, or that you may have heard them say to friends or others?
    • 04:10 - Any final thoughts?

    More reviews of Imagine Architecture

    2022 participant, Camper

    "Wonderful experience"

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    2022 participant, Camper

    Will carry spatial thinking "forever"

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    2022 participant (online), Camper

    "I'd do it again"

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    2022 participant, Camper

    "Definitely recommend"

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    2022 participant, Camper

    "More confident"

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    2022 participant, Camper

    "Learned a lot"

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    2022 participant, Camper

    "Community feeling"

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    2023 participant, Camper

    "Amazing first look at future"

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    2023 participant, Camper

    "Covered the whole design process"

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    2023 participant, Camper

    "Cleared up portfolio questions"

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    2023 participant, Camper

    "Excited to return each day"

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    2023 participant, Camper

    "Confirmed my passion"

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    2023 participant, Camper

    "LAB 101 Online was incredible!"

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    More reviews of Imagine Architecture


    2022 participant, Camper

    "Wonderful experience"

    "I had a wonderful experience with Imagine Architecture. All three labs thatI took were interesting and were taught perfectly."


    2022 participant, Camper

    Will carry spatial thinking "forever"

    "The three different weeks each shaped my experience and learning in the program in different ways. Spatial thinking, in particular, is something I will carry with me forever after this course."


    2022 participant (online), Camper

    "I'd do it again"

    "It was a great introduction to working in a studio environment and I enjoyed every day. The course work was appropriately spaced and was the right level of difficulty. I would do it again if I had the chance."


    2022 participant, Camper

    "Definitely recommend"

    "I plan to do Architecture 102 next summer as I love technology and want to see the computer aspect of architecture. Thanks so much. I would definitely recommend the program to others."


    2022 participant, Camper

    "More confident"

    "I feel much more confident in what to make for applications into architecture school. Thank you so much for creating this course!"


    2022 participant, Camper

    "Learned a lot"

    "Learned a lot of very useful information about portfolios and got to experience what architecture at university would be like."


    2022 participant, Camper

    "Community feeling"

    "I loved the community feeling which only grew during this time."


    2023 participant, Camper

    "Amazing first look at future"

    Imagine Architecture was an amazing first look into what I want to do in the future. It provided a very good studio experience and the mentors really aided me in exploring my creativity.


    2023 participant, Camper

    "Covered the whole design process"

    We covered the whole design process by learning how to develop ideas through studio critiques, working hands-on to make prototype models, exploring editing using industry-standard software and learning how to showcase our final projects in a pin-up ... Show More


    2023 participant, Camper

    "Cleared up portfolio questions"

    I had a better understanding of the making process and how to express my thoughts more clearly. They cleared up a lot of the questions I had about how to prepare my portfolio.


    2023 participant, Camper

    "Excited to return each day"

    I just wanted to thank you and the teaching team for a great 3 weeks, it was the highlight of my summer! I really enjoyed experiencing the studio culture, it made me excited to return each day.


    2023 participant, Camper

    "Confirmed my passion"

    I really enjoyed my time at Imagine Architecture and had a great experience. It confirmed my passion for architecture. The coursework and content were all very engaging and fun to complete.


    2023 participant, Camper

    "LAB 101 Online was incredible!"

    My experience with Imagine Architecture Lab 101 Online was incredible! I enjoyed working in the studio (my room) and experimenting with Photoshop. It provided a diverse approach, emphasizing not only design but also photography and presentation ... Show More


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  • Location & Gallery

    Imagine Architecture - profile photo

    Address

    Ottawa, ON
    Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
    Online
    Virtual Program



    Accommodations

    More details about accommodations: Out-of-town students have the option to stay on-campus in a student residence. If they are under 18, they must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Accommodation is not included in the tuition fee.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Imagine Architecture technology free? Students are introduced to digital design programs.



    Property Details

    Landscape

    • Lake/Pond/River

    More details about property: Building 22 at Carleton University is much more than a fine example of the late-1960s Brutalist architecture. The Architecture Building contains dynamic spatial relationships that display a clear commitment to the exchange of ideas, vitality of community, and democratic ideals. As a purpose-built architecture school, it acts both as a pedagogical tool and a model environment for creative learning.



  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Johan Voordouw, 2024 Academic Advisor
    Associate Professor, Associate Director, Undergraduate, Carleton University School of Architecture & Urbanism

    Choosing a career in architecture is a big decision. Imagine Architecture introduces participants to our school and some key architectural working methods. It uses design thinking in a fun and intellectually stimulating manner to bring the imagination to a designed project. The work developed in Imagine Architecture can be used in your portfolio when you apply to an architecture program or any other design-related discipline. Students leave the program feeling empowered with new skills and confidence in deciding whether to pursue architectural studies at Carleton University or elsewhere.



    In the News

    June 7, 2024
    Imagine Architecture is fun, creative, and productive!

    Carleton University's career exploratory studio for grade 10-12 students has a few spots available for one-week labs on-campus & online.... Read More

    April 26, 2024
    Carleton's Imagine Architecture Program Now Enrolling for Summer 2024

    Explore Carleton University's on-campus and online LABs for high school students interested in architecture, design, and urbanism.... Read More

    July 24, 2023
    Last chance to register for Imagine Architecture LAB 101 Online!

    This week-long workshop will focus is on multi-media drawing techniques, architectural conventions, and physical modeling. ... Read More



    Stories

    • Meet the 2024 Imagine Architecture Team!

       

      Johan Voordouw
      Faculty Advisor
      Associate Professor Johan Voordouw teaches at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism and serves as the Associate Director, Undergraduate. He is a registered architect in the UK. Before his appointment at Carleton University, Johan taught at the Leicester School of Architecture and London Southbank University in England. He has worked in professional practice in London, most notably at Foster + Partners, and in Canada and the Netherlands. His visual work has been extensively published and exhibited in Canada, the United States, England, Austria, and the Netherlands. Venues include the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna, the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, the Royal Academy Summer Show London, and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

      Emma Rath
      Coordinator and Instructor

      Emma Rath is an Interdisciplinary curator, designer, and trained architect. Her research explores notions of field-work by embracing a holistic approach, prioritizing regenerative practices that transcend traditional disciplinary confines. Engaging in this work is a mode of action that addresses the current material manifestations of the shifting climate crisis. She explores alternative photographic processes, drawing/modeling techniques as well as writing to further her research practice. This work has been explored in collaboration with institutions such as Parks Canada and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. 

      Daphne Stams
      Instructor

      Daphne Stams is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at Carleton University. With a Bachelor of Arts in geography from the University of British Columbia, Daphne is curious about how space is organized and its impact on social and environmental structures. Critical analysis drives Daphne’s approach to design and her background inspires her to actively draw from various disciplines. Daphne’s designs are also informed by her passion for making, in which she experiments with mixed media to create complex visual presentations — both 2D and 3D. Daphne regularly engages in model making, geographic information system representations, collage, and analogue illustration.

      Ksheel Shetty
      Instructor

      Ksheel Shetty is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at Carleton University.  He graduated from the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program at Carleton with a specialization in Urbanism in 2019. After undergraduate studies, he worked at Urban Strategies in Toronto as an urban designer and at Bimetrical in Barcelona as an architectural technician. During his graduate studies, he has been an active Teaching Assistant for urban design studio courses. Ksheel takes interest in representation and visualization, drafting, and model making of spatial conditions at the urban and architectural scale.  Ksheel will be commencing his thesis year next fall, researching and re-imagining housing typologies of sensorial experience.  

      Victoria Guile
      Studio Assistant

      Victoria Guile is entering her third year of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program (Urbanism) at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism. She has always been interested in art and creative practices, and has a background in visual art as she attended Mayfield Secondary School, a regional arts high school. She is involved in the Carleton community as a member of the CU Landscape Lab, senior executive of the Carleton Outdoors Club, and an upcoming facil for EngFrosh. She attended a similar preparatory program before applying to her undergrad in architecture, and appreciates the great value and importance of the experience. She personally loves being in architecture and the overall studio culture, and is thrilled to introduce students to Carleton and provide any advice and motivation that she can. 

      Emma Little
      Studio Assistant

      Emma Little is entering her third year of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Design) program at Carleton University.  Engaging in coursework and extracurricular pursuits, including as a teaching assistant at an art school preparation program, she has refined proficiencies in architectural drafting, modeling, multimedia drawings, portfolio development, and software like AutoCAD and Rhino. She is passionately engaged in the creative exploration of architectural design and its intersection with sustainable practices. Emma seeks to not only master the technical aspects of architecture but also to deeply understand the cultural, social, and environmental contexts that shape the built environment, aspiring to make a meaningful impact in the field.

    • PREPARING YOUR PORTFOLIO

       

      If you want to get into architecture school or any other university or college design program, you will need a strong portfolio. 

      "Your portfolio is the tool you should have as a creative individual to present yourself and your work to architecture schools, and in the future, to your potential employers," says past Imagine Architecture instructor Maya Jarrah. "The purpose of the portfolio is not only to show that you can use a certain software, but most importantly to represent your creative process, how you see the world, think critically and how you interpret your ideas."

      Imagine Architecture LABs 101, 102, and 103 will help participants generate portfolio material by teaching creative design skills and providing guidance.

      "The Imagine Architecture LABs aim to teach you ways of preparing a portfolio, by explaining what work you should show, how to curate your work, and by showing examples of successful portfolios," says Jarrah.

      For those who want to explore a range of media and scales, LABs 101, 102 and 103 are designed as a sequence, to build skills and confidence, and to prepare students for application to undergraduate programs in architecture. For those who prefer to take only one LAB, each is designed independently, and requires no previous training.

      "As someone who was excited yet overwhelmed by the creation of a portfolio application to the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) at Carleton, I am certain that I would have appreciated the insights that the Imagine Architecture Program provides on the process," says Shelby Hagerman, who taught Imagine Architecture in the past.

      "We will review the portfolio and other application requirements for the program as well as successful portfolio submissions," says Hagerman. "However, what is most important and valuable about Imagine Architecture LABs are the hands-on design exercises that aim to engage and spark the kinds of thoughtful drawings and models that portfolio reviewers search for." 

       

    • TAPPING CREATIVITY AT HOME

       

      Working from home is an excellent opportunity for students to immerse themselves in their surroundings. Facing a new reality, how do we observe and interpret the world around us? Although we are living in a socially-distanced world, working in the space you have can be a creative opportunity.

      Students should set-up a studio spot at home to have a designated work area. Provide space to spread out, but also stay organized. The workspace can get messy quickly, so we want to be sure to put tools away properly and manage the space well. 

      Supplies to work with throughout the course can be purchased online as well as scavenged throughout the house. An assortment of material is encouraged. 

      Shopping list: sketchbooks, large and small, basswood sticks, glue stick or glue, felt-tip pens, Prismacolor pencils or oil pastels, drafting kit.

      Scavenger list: Twine, thread, wire, string, Small wood blocks, Ephemera (sheet music, book pages, newspaper bits, pieces of packaging), cardboard, small objects (machine pieces, figures, spools), measuring tape, scissors, etc.

       



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