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Architecture Discovery Camp 2012

Dona Ana Community College Pre-Architecture Program

Monday, 9 July 2012 at 8:00 AM - Friday, 20 July 2012 at 2:00 PM (MDT)

Architecture Discovery Camp 2012

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Type Remaining End Quantity
Grade Level 10-12   more info 5 Registrations Ended Free  
Grade Level 7-9   more info 5 Registrations Ended Free  

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at Dona Ana Community College of New Mexico State University

Dates:  July 9-20, 2012 

Times:  8:00am - 2:00pm                                         

(except July 11 & 13; days of Field Trips - see below), and Tuesday, July 10, which will feature an 'Architecture Movie Night'                                                                    (See details below)  

Cost of Camp:  $75.00 

(Note: This website lists this Camp as FREE because payment is not received online by EVENTBRITE.com.  The required fee for this Camp is $75, and must be paid to Dona Ana Community College as instructed below.)                                           


Contact:    Luis Rios, Professor


                (575) 527-7747 office

                (575) 649-4073 cell

See video from last year's Camp at: 




 Parents must visit the following website for more information, agenda, and official forms to be submitted along with $75 fee as part of the registration process.



July 2:  Deadline for registering online, and submitting all required forms and $75 to DACC.  Payment may be by personal check, money order, or cash, payable to Dona Ana Community College.  All completed forms must accompany payment, which may be delivered in person, or mailed to the following address:

          Dona Ana Community College, East Mesa Campus

2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.

          Las Cruces, NM  88011           

Room DADM 200

                Attention:  Architecture Discovery Camp

Parents should pay close attention to requirements for registration and payment in order to ensure that potential student is officially registered.  Students on the wait list will be considered eligible for official registration should openings exist due to incomplete registrations. 



( NOTE:  For detailed information and required forms, visit  dacc.nmsu.edu/adc/ )

Cost of this event is $75.00, and includes transportation to field trips as well as all the following supplies:

Light Backpack, Model Building Materials, drawing supplies (loaned) and various, course-related items. 

Students will be allowed to print their color presentation posters for free.  

Students are required to provide their own pencils and pens, USB Drive (4GB), 8.5 x 11 Sketchbook, and their own Digital Camera.

(Additional instructions and information may be found at     dacc.nmsu.edu/adc/   , and you should also expect additional instructions in emails to participants and parents)

This two-week program is designed for Mid and High School students interested in learning about architecture and related fields.   Students will gain hands-on experience in architectural design, drawing, software, model building, famous architects, architectural styles & history, as well as applying team building skills.  Each day begins with Daily Trivia, for which prizes will be awarded.   Two 15-minute breaks will be provided each day.

Presenters will include DACC and Texas Tech University Professors, AIAS Student Volunteers, Mayor Ken Miyagishima, Local Architects, Engineers, Developers, and experts in the areas of sustainable design. 

Students will divide into two groups:  Mid School age and High School age.  They will form teams and participate in a design competition which will be judged by local business and industry professionals.   This year’s design competition will revolve around the design of a multi-use public transportation hub for Las Cruces.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st – 3rd place in each category (High School and Mid School). 

NOTE TO PARENTS:                                                                                              Be sure student registers for appropriate group (either Grade Level 7-9 or Grade 10-12; which is the grade student will be ENTERING in Fall  2012). 

 FIELD TRIPS (2)                                                         

NMSU vans or chartered bus will be utilized.  Parents welcome on their own transportation.

FIELD TRIP 1:  Wednesday, July 11.  Las Cruces area to visit the following:

1.  Local Construction Site

2.  Architecture Firm

3.  City Transit Department

Lunch at a local restaurant (student responsible for cost).  Students meet at DACC at regular time, and will be transported via NMSU Vans.  This is an extended day, which ends with students arriving back at DACC at approximately 3pm. 


FIELD TRIP 2:  Friday, July 13.  Trip to Albuquerque to visit the  following:

1.  Studios of reknowned architect Antoine Predock (www.predock.com)

2.  UNM School of Architecure (http://saap.unm.edu/)

3.  Albuquerque Alvarado Transportation Center                                                       (http://www.cabq.gov/transit and   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvarado_Transportation_Center#Intercity_Bus_Service).  Lunch at a downtown restaurant (student responsible for cost).  

Time for this Field Trip is 5:45am (meet at Telshor 12), arriving back at approximately 6:00pm.


ARCHITECTURE MOVIE NIGHT                                

Tuesday, July 10, from 6:45 -8:30pm in the DACC East Mesa Auditorium.  This event is sponsored by DACC and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  This year's film is called 'The Travels of Santiago Calatrava'.  Information on this film may be found at http://icarusfilms.com/new2004/sant.html.

(Note: No food or drinks in auditorium) 

PAST and CURRENT SPONSORS:                             

Pre-Architecture program at DACC (http://dacc.nmsu.edu/programs/ddt.asp)

Student Chapter of the AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students (www.aias.org)

NMSU/DACC Bookstores (http://nmsu-lascruces.bncollege.com)

Local AIA Chapter ( American Institute of Architects (www.aia.org)

White Sands Federal Credit Union (www.wsfcu.org)

La Posta Restaurant (www.laposta-de-mesilla.com)

Roberto's Restaurant

La Iguana Restaurant

Allen Theatres (www.allentheatresinc.com)

La Morena Walking Tours of Historic Mesilla  (http://www.oldmesilla.org/html/museums_tours.html)

Downtown Las Cruces Partnership (www.downtownlascrucespartnership.org/)

UNM School of Architecture   (http://saap.unm.edu/)

Antoine Predock Architect (www.predock.com)

Bart Prince Architect (www.bartprince.com)   

Texas Tech University college of Architecture  (http://arch.ttu.edu/)

City of Las Cruces:  Mayor Ken Miyagishima and Tom Schuster, Sustainability Officer  and the Summer Lunch Program  (http://www.las-cruces.org/

Joni Newcomer (LEED AP) - NMSU Sustainability Manager  (sustainability.nmsu.edu)    (http://www.facebook.com/NMSUSustainability)

Miles Dyson of Inspection Connection, Green Building consultant (http://www.icenergyrate.com/)

Frame and Art Center of Las Cruces

Barnes and Noble of Las Cruces (www.bn.com/)

Anonymous Donors


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Have questions about Architecture Discovery Camp 2012? Contact Dona Ana Community College Pre-Architecture Program

When & Where

DACC East Mesa Campus
2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM 88011

Monday, 9 July 2012 at 8:00 AM - Friday, 20 July 2012 at 2:00 PM (MDT)

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