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COMING august 1st - 4th

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EDucation to ACTIoN


Our mission is to empower young people to affect change in their community through design. Using the city as the classroom and connecting young people to real-world architects and planners, we foster the next generation of design professionals, civic leaders, and changemakers.  We advocate for increased inclusiveness, diversity, fellowship, equity, and excellence in design.  


project based activity


The camp guides students through all stages of design using thought provoking and fun exercises that keep them engaged. The design project encourages them to take into consideration broader cultural, social, and historical implications.  Students investigate through drawing and model building, analyze through diagramming, and engage through site visits.


Students that participate in the camps work closely with architects and designers to create the designs they would like to see in their communities. Not only do students create designs, but they are also connected with mentors in the architecture field to help guide their interests. For many students, Project Pipeline is their first introduction to the design world. By the program’s conclusion, students present a fully realized design project that advocates for change and addresses an issue in their city.



Middle school and high school students in the St. Louis area (both Illinois and Missouri residents). At minimum, middle school students must be entering their seventh grade year in the fall.  The camp is open to students of all backgrounds, but is geared towards providing students of color with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of architecture and design.

camp LOCATION & schedule 


Location:     Washington University in St. Louis

                     Steinberg Hall (Drop off/Pick up)

                     6253 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

On-site contact number:  314-795-8939 

Call or text for urgent matters, i.e. student needs to leave camp early due to emergency.


Pick-up/Drop-off and parking:

Students shall be dropped off (8:00am) and picked up (3:00pm) at the vehicle drive on the Forsyth Blvd. side of Steinberg Hall, near the stairs.

Visitor Parking is available on the first level, P1 of the East End Garage (underground). Click to see detailed parking info.

Camp Schedule - 8:00 AM - 3:00PM Daily:


Tuesday, August 1st


8:00 AM - Arrival & Breakfast

Introduction to Mentors & Professional Roles

Ice Breaker Activity

Sketching Exercise

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Lunch

Individual Building Exercises - Marshmallow Build / Tiny Home Exercise

3:00 PM - End of Day / Pick-up

Wednesday, August 2nd


8:00 AM - Arrival & Breakfast

Ice Breaker Activity

Walking Field Trip - Wash U Sam Fox to Delmar Loop

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Lunch

Team Block / Neighborhood Design

Snack Break

Continue Team Block /Neighborhood Design

3:00 PM - End of Day / Pick-up

Thursday, August 3rd


8:00 AM - Arrival & Breakfast

Ice Breaker Activity

Sketch Exercise

Team Skyscraper Competition

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Lunch

Group Photo

Egg Drop Competition - Build

Snack Break

Egg Drop Competition - Test

3:00 PM - End of Day / Pick-up

Friday, August 4th


8:00 AM - Arrival & Breakfast

Ice Breaker Activity

Individual Home Design

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Lunch

Combine All Student Builds

Snack Break

Discuss City Build

Sign Project Pipeline Banner

3:00 PM - End of Day / Pick-up

additional information


Registration Deadline (students and volunteers):  Extended to Friday, July 21st (Final)


Camp fee:     

Free for all students.

Informational meetings (virtual):  Click here to RSVP via Eventbrite

Thursday, July 6th @ 12:00PM - 12:30PM

Thursday, July, 13th @ 9:00AM - 9:30AM

Thursday, July, 20th @ 5:30PM - 6:00PM

Thursday, July, 27th @ 12:00PM - 12:30PM

In-person pre-camp walk-through meeting for volunteers only:  To be announced. Check back here for schedule.

Background check for volunteers:

All camp volunteers must submit their information for a background check at this website:  Please complete as soon as possible to allow for processing.  You will be provided a link to check on the status.  There is no costs to volunteers.

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past sponsors

Note on donations and sponsorship:

We are accepting donations ongoing. Contributions via our Paypal link are not eligible for tax deduction. If you would like your donation to be eligible for a tax deduction based on 501(c)(3) status, please contact our chapter at for instructions prior to donating.


If a tax deduction is not an expectation, you are welcome to donate via our Paypal link.


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