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Architecture Camps

Campers come from around the country and the world to build friendships, and learn about buildings and design. Our award-winning architecture camps introduce young people to the design of the built environment.

Kid Architecture Brochure - available soon. 

Middle/High School Architecture Brochure - available soon.


Dr. Jon Davey is starting his 38th year of design teaching. His focus is on young people’s ideas of what design is and their development of three-dimensional spatial skills.

  • Buckminster Fuller Award- AIA Illinois
  • Illinois Connections Award for Distinction- Illinois State Board of Education
  • Award of Merit for Best in K-12 Architectural Education- American Architectural Foundation
  • Citation of Honor- Illinois Council of AIA
  • Presidential Award- AIA
  • Regional Educational Award- Construction Specification Institute
To contact Jon Davey directly call 618/453-3734 or email

Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute; SIU School of Architecture; College of Applied Sciences and Arts. In cooperation with SIU Conference and Scheduling Services.


  • Why do buildings stand up?
  • Why do buildings look the way they do?
  • How is a building designed, built and reused?
  • What do architects and interior designers do?
  • How and why do people define space?


  • Construction materials
  • Computers in design
  • The design process
  • The importance of the built environment
  • Design drawing as a problem solving tool


  • Explore historic architecture
  • Travel to St. Louis or other architectural sites
  • Learn about the history of architecture with slides, discussion and costumes
  • Discuss how the built environment affects our behavior
  • Engage in the design process; brainstorm and critique
  • Sketch, render, and build models
  • Check out computer graphics and computer aided design (CAD)
  • Visit construction sites
  • Try your hand at casting concrete
  • Join in small scale construction project

 Registration Options:

Registration Deadline: Enrollment is first come, first served. In the past, these camps have filled up quickly, so advance registration is highly recommended. Payment must accompany registration.

Program Requirement: The Camp Medical Release Form must be received in our office at least 3 business days before the start of camp.

Cancellation: A refund, minus a $15 cancellation fee, will be issued upon written request received 7 business days before the beginning of each camp. At any time after that date, refunds (less the $15 non-refundable fee) are made for medical reasons only and all such requests must have a signed statement from your physician.

Any Questions? Please call the Conference and Scheduling Services Office at 618/536-7751 or send an email to