Architecture in the City

Join our hands-on summer program for high school students

June 17 - 21, 2024
CU Denver, College of Architecture and Planning

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Architecture in the City is a summer, noncredit program offered by the College of Architecture and Planning. This is an interdisciplinary program designed for students entering their sophomore, junior and senior year of high school and recent high school graduates. The week-long camp will give participants the opportunity for a hands-on experience in model building and drawing techniques while exposing them to architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and urban planning through a design build project. This commuter program will be offered at the CU Denver campus during the day, Monday through Friday. Participants with and without design backgrounds are encouraged to join.

Summer 2024 is now full.

If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email with the following information: Student’s full name, email, DOB, High School, year in school for Fall 2025. We will notify you if there is movement in the waitlist.

Program Highlights

  • Program led by experienced College of Architecture and Planning faculty, student teaching assistants, and licensed architects
  • Sketch and build small-scale models
  • Work in architectural design software
  • Use tools and machinery
  • Design, plan, and fabricate a project
  • Visit firms and project sites
  • Attend admissions events with current students
  • Meet and work with students from all over Colorado and the U.S.


Registration is $700 per student, including a $100 non-refundable deposit. Payment is due at registration. 

Included with Registration 

  • Lunch and snacks
  • Instruction of all sessions
  • Building materials and tools

Space is limited to 28 students; register early to guarantee your spot. Once the camp is full, students may still be added to the waitlist and will be notified if a spot opens. If you start registering and receive a notification the camp is full, please email to be added to the waitlist.


Scholarships are available to cover the full cost of registration. Students will be selected based on financial need. To apply, please send an email to with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Current address
  • Indicate whether you are a DACA or ASSET student, or if you would be a First-Generation college student
  • In 300 words or less, please describe your background and financial need and how you will benefit from attending the Architecture in the City Camp
Scholarship Deadline: March 15
All applicants will be notified of their award status by March 31. If you are awarded the scholarship, you will receive a code to complete the registration at no cost.

Program Sponsors

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We are hiring for student positions for all of CAP’s Summer Camps (in addition to the Architecture in the City Camp. See job postings for all dates). The Counselor positions are open to all CU Denver students; Teaching Assistant positions are open to CAP students. The deadline to apply for these positions is March 15. 

Apply for camp position here!

Please contact if you have any questions.

Support Architecture in the City

Your support enables us to continue providing a high-quality camp experience while impacting budding designers, architects and planners! Sponsorship opportunities include providing funding for student scholarships, meals, site visit transportation, building materials, and more. Sponsors will be featured on the camp website and camp materials. All gifts to summer camps are tax-deductible. 

See the feedback from former students who participated in the Architecture in the City camp:

“Having the hands-on learning and seeing multiple perspectives from the different instructors was amazing.”

“I liked seeing all the firms and learning about them. I liked taking something from an idea and developing it.”

“My favorite part of camp was doing sketches. Architecture isn’t just designing, but storytelling as well.”

College of Architecture and Planning

CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


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