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2023 Kid Architecture Camp

Campers come from around the country and the world to build friendships, and learn about buildings and design. Our award-winning architecture camp introduces young people to the design of the built environment.  Kid Architecture will be the only architecture camp offered in summer 2023.

Kid Architecture (Grades 4-6)

July 10-14, 2023 

Check in: 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
Friday field trip: Local walking tour
Program location: SIU Carbondale, Quigley Hall

Fees: $200.00 - includes daily lunch, materials, limited access medical insurance, and quality instruction. 


Dr. Jon Davey is starting his 43rd 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 (not available for 2021)
  • 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 Deadline:

Enrollment is first come, first served. In the past, this camp has filled quickly, so advance registration is highly recommended. Payment must accompany registration.


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.