Southeast area rising 9th and 10th grade students got a chance to learn about architecture and design during a week stay at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville June 13-18.

Trinity Tillman, Madison Bruce, and Kendall Jones of Dumas; Syncere Gary of Watson; Brandon Barnett of Rison; Jacobi Seals of Montrose; and TiShunte Jenkins of Wilmot participated in the university’s annual design camp sponsored by the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design (Fay Jones School). All participants received full scholarships provided to them as part of a collaboration between the Fay Jones School and the Alex Foundation.

The students gained the opportunity to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, tours and discussions with Fay Jones School faculty and students. The students planned out their design through sketching and model building. They learned terms used by designers and how to observe and record the world around them through notes and sketching activities. They also toured Theater Squared, the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, and local architecture and design firms, along with walking tours of the University of Arkansas and downtown Fayetteville. They met with the school’s faculty and the Student Success Center on campus to learn how they can start preparing themselves in high school for a career in the design professions.

Fay Jones School director of community education and professor of architecture Alison Turner said the experience gave students a chance to pursue their interest. “I really enjoy being able to share my passion for architecture with young students and hopefully help inspire them to pursue their interests in the design professions,” she said. “Design Camp is a wonderful way for them to gain some insight into the process we go through in designing a project – and to take a little bit of the mystery out of how things are designed and built.”

The students were chaperoned by Carolyn Harris and Tina Dunn of Wilmot. Transportation to and from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville was made possible by the generous support of CPA Don Livingston, Lonzell Dodds, Merchants and Farmers Bank of Dumas; Don and Dorothy Glover of Dermott; and Angela Courtney and the Alex Foundation of Halley.

For more information about the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design: fayjones.uark.edu/.
For more information about the Alex Foundation: alex-foundation.org.