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University Park Camp Overview

The Penn State Department of Architecture and H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture hosts an Architecture/Landscape Architecture Summer Camp for high school students every July at the University Park campus. The program provides campers the opportunity to utilize the impressive facilities of the Stuckeman Family Building and be mentored by faculty, alumni and experienced graduate and undergraduate students.


The camp’s interactive educational experiences include design exercises, a construction site visit, a tour of a professional architecture office, an introduction to the latest technology in computer aided drafting and modeling, a field trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob houses, hands-on building and model-making activities, and various lectures, films, campus tours, and social activities.

The Penn State Architecture/Landscape Architecture Summer Camp provides an opportunity for high school students interested in architecture, landscape architecture, architectural engineering, or construction management the opportunity to experience the profession and see firsthand the kinds of activities that take place in a university architectural program.

The Penn State Architecture/Landscape Architecture Summer Camp is an outreach service of the College of Arts and Architecture.

Design Experience Camp Philadelphia Overview

The Stuckeman School hosts a Design Experience Camp (DXC) for high school students at the Penn State Center Philadelphia every summer. The DXC provides an active, engaging environment in which young designers in the Philadelphia area can explore key concepts, technologies, and practices through hands-on learning experiences related to the professional fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic design.


The DXC immerses students in the energy of the creative design process. They will learn how people use and perceive space, and how they might influence those perceptions. They will also uncover the design secrets of some of Philadelphia’s most iconic places, experience the professional world of graphic design, architecture, and landscape architecture, and imagine how their ideas can influence cities of the future.

The camp focuses on:

  • Discovering the role of the creative process in design
  • Site and office visits to explore design practice in action
  • Learning how design impacts so much of what we see everyday

Additionally, the camp’s educational experiences will include multiple walking tours around Center City Philadelphia.

2019 Summer Camp Details

Dates: July 14–18, 2019

Eligibility: Entering 9th graders through just-graduated seniors
Location: Penn State University Park Campus (plus field trips)
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2019 design experience camp Details

Dates: July 22–26, 2019

Eligibility: Entering 9th graders through just-graduated seniors
Location: Penn State Center Philadelphia
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