Design Camp


Young Architects Design Camp is a program developed to cultivate creativity and exploration in elementary aged children. By placing an emphasis on design-based thinking, imagination, teamwork, and fun, the camp aspires to mold the problem solvers and creative leaders of tomorrow. Each week revolves around a unique central theme that informs a week-long project that culminates in an art walk where campers present their designs. Although the camp emphasizes drawing and building, we do not hesitate to get outside and play a bit too!


Last summer, there were multiple weeks offered where students had the opportunity to participate in various themes of design and creativity, from designing treehouses, spaceships, and more! At the end of each week, campers had the opportunity to present their creations to family and friends. In addition to their projects, the children participated in several other activities, such as sketchbook making, collaborative painting, and working with clay.  The campers were also given fun architecture tours through the Vancouver library as an educational field trip through their city.


Ages: 8-12 years-old

Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Cost: $200/session



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Union Chapel

806 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660


Union Ridge Elementary

330 N 5th Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642


There will be multiple sessions of Design Camp this summer. Register before all of the spots fill up.


Session 1 – Union Ridge Elementary:

July 8-July 12


Session 2 – Union Chapel:

July 15-July 19


Session 3 – Union Ridge Elementary:

July 22-July 26


Session 4 – Union Chapel:

Aug 5-Aug 9


Session 5 – Union Ridge Elementary:

Aug 19-Aug 23


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Meet our camp counselors


Anna Weithas

I am currently a second-year student in the 5-year architecture program at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Since a young age I have been interested in the arts and in humanitarian efforts. In my eyes, architecture is the ideal blend of the two, so I have always been interested in exploring and researching the potential of design. I love to hike, spend time with my many younger siblings, and travel whenever I can. I’m looking forward to working in the design camps this summer so I can help the younger generation find their passion!


Ellie Josephson

I’m currently a student at Portland State University School of Architecture. I’m excited to be pursuing a career that allows me to positively impact my community through creative problem-solving. My interest in architecture was first sparked when I participated in LSW Architect’s Design CoMission program in early high school. In addition to my studies, I enjoy photography, hiking, and creating other kinds of art. I’m grateful to have this opportunity to lead the Young Architects Design Camp as a way to inspire other young designers to keep seeking out that passion to create.


Taylor Robinson

Hello, I am currently an undergrad in the architectural design program at the University of Washington. My interest in architecture has stemmed from wanting to create something that can both be a work of art and serve a function. I am excited to be a part of the Young Architects Design Camp because I see it as an opportunity to inspire youth to use their creativity with a new approach to problem solving and innovation. In my free time, I enjoy spending time in nature, exploring the city and trying the new monthly flavors at Salt & Straw.


Taylor Olson

Since I was little I have always had a place in my heart for all things creative, but after completing my first year in the School of Design and Construction at Washington State University, I have a heightened appreciation for the way our surroundings shape and move us in ways that usually go unrecognized. During my free time I love to paint and draw, as well as soak up glimpses of sunshine in my hammock with a good book. I can’t wait to share with a younger generation the power of our environment and open a whole new world of creative thinking.