The Alex Foundation will host its annual architecture and design summer camp at two locations July 16-20.
The free camps will be held concurrently from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at Lakeport Plantation Museum, located at 601 Arkansas 142 in Lake Village and the J. Austin White Cultural Center, located at 160 South Main in Eudora. Enrollment capacity is 25 participants at each location.
The Lake Village camp is for girls entering the 7th grade in Chicot and Desha counties. Katie Bruhl, a registered architect with Allison + Partners in Little Rock and Dorcedar Glover, an engineer with General Electric (GE) Aviation in Batesville, Mississippi will teach the camp.
The Eudora camp is for girls and boys entering 7th and 8th from Chicot County, will be taught by Kwendeche, a registered architect in Arkansas and Missouri, will teach at both locations to engage youth with drones and present a documentary film, Citizen Architect.
A partner in the Allison + Partners architecture and interior design firm, Bruhl grew up in the Arkansas Delta, just outside of Helena. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Fay Jones School of Architecture in 2007 and joined the firm in 2008.
Kwendche is a U.S. military veteran whose professional architecture services span the globe to include Hong Kong, Indonesia, New York, Haiti and Walt Disney World. He is a graduate of Howard Univrsity School of Architecture and Planning in Washington, D.C.
Glover, a senior operations manager with GE, is responsible for safety, delivery, quality, and cost for four business units. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering with a minor in math. She recieved a master’s degree in supply chain management from Pennsylvania State University. Glover will teach the participants at the Lakeport Plantation Museum how to design and build a balloon-powered race car, followed by a car challenge and competition. Glover tutors, teaches, and mentors youth ages 7 to 16 in STEM related fields.
Also joining the camps’ faculty will be Vernard Henley, a civil engineer and assistant dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Henley previously worked as a drilling engineer for Exxon. He will make a presentation at Lakeport Plantation Museum and the J. Austin White Cultural Center.
Additional activities will include an interior design presentation by Lisa Hutchinson of McGehee; a stained-glass fabrication project by Katherine Dawson of Lake Village; tours at Paul Michael Company, Lakeport Plantation Museum “big house” and Tommy Marshall Curiosity Center. Allison + Partners, the firm where Bruhl works, are the architects for Tommy Marshall Curiosity Center.
The Alex Foundation’s architecture + design camps are an extension of its STE+AM (science, technology, engineering, art plus architecture and math) initiative which is convened throughout the school year for middle and high school students. The Foundation’s summer camps are a collaborative effort with many partners and supporters, including the J. Austin White Cultural Center, Lakeport Plantation Museum and McGehee Depot Museum.