Stefan Goes to C.A.M.P.

He didn’t have to pack his bags, but GBBN Associate, Stefan Cornelis, enjoyed going to camp. Stefan joined dozens of 8th and 9th graders at the Cincinnati Architectural Mentoring Program’s—C.A.M.P.’s—first virtual architectural summer camp. C.A.M.P.’s summer program aims to “inspire young people to become excited about the impact that architecture and building design have on society, and on the quality of life.”

Offering an immersive, four-day experience, C.A.M.P. not only introduces students to the discipline of architecture, but it highlights the work of influential architects of color. C.A.M.P.’s long-term aim is to “increase diverse representation in architecture schools and in the profession” – typically, 66% of its campers are minorities.

Stefan introduced the program’s students to hand drawing and computer modelling, providing an overview of different methods of architectural representation and the kind of information they convey.

This year’s program was a little different, since the C.A.M.P. was conducted entirely online, but Stefan has volunteered before and knew what to expect. “I really enjoy piquing the campers’ interest in architecture,” he says. “The conversations are always interesting, because they don’t have an architectural background, so everything is understood in the broader context of their everyday lives.”

Stefan has worked on numerous community development projects, including 1010 On The Rhine (residential and grocery), Cincinnati Union Terminal, and the Esther Marie Hatton Center for Women. Learn more about him here.