American Institute of Architecture Students

AIAS Activities

American Institute of Architecture Students promotes excellence in architecture education, training and practice, to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines, to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration, and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.

Contact Information

Luis Rios - (575) 527-7747 -

Architecture Discovery Camp

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, presentations, and team building.  Students will also learn about famous architects, architectural styles & history and sustainable design.
Presenters will include DACC and Texas Tech University Professors, DACC President Dr. Margie Huerta, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, Local Architects, Engineers & Developers, experts in the areas of sustainable design, and student volunteers of the DACC - AIAS  (American Institute of Architecture Students) organization.
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. Prizes will be awarded.

DATES / TIMES:   July 8 - 19, 2013.    8:30am - 1:00pm (except July 10 & 12, which are Field Trip days - see below)
LOCATION:         DACC East Mesa Campus:  Room DADM 202 ('Home Room), Architecture Studio Classrooms & DACC Auditorium
FEE:                     $75  (Payable by June 24, 2013)

Cost of the Camp is $75.  Payment and Required Forms (see the 'For Parents' section of this website) will be accepted no later than 5pm Monday, June 24, 2013, and may be delivered in person or mailed to the address below.  Failure to meet the deadline will result in student being disenrolled thus allowing students on the Wait List to be automatically enrolled.  Should space still be available, it may be possible for disenrolled students to re-enroll, provided the fee and forms are submitted promptly.

In order to complete registration, follow the following 3 steps:
Step 1:  Visit the website, and fill out all the required information.
Step 2:  Fill out the required forms found on the 'For Parents' section of this website.
Step 3:  Make payment of $75 and submit ALL required forms along with payment to:
Dona Ana Community College, East Mesa Campus
2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM  88011
Room DADM 200
Attention:  Architecture Discovery Camp

Parents, please click on the "Required Forms" in the "For Parents" section of this website.  Completely fill out each of the forms prior to the start of Camp, and submit along with the required Camp fee.

Cost of personal classroom supplies, 8.5" x 11" Sketchbook, USB drive, and lunches/snacks)

General information below.  View the 'Program Overview & Rules' page for detail information.

FIELD TRIP 1:  Wednesday, July 10 - LOCAL FIELD TRIP.       This is an extended day, beginning at normal time but ending at 3:00pm.  NMSU vans will be utilized.  Students will need lunch money.  Parents welcome on their own.

FIELD TRIP 2 - Friday, July 12 ALBUQUERQUE FIELD TRIP    This is also an extended day, beginning at 5:45am and ending at approximately 6:00pm.  NMSU vans or a Chartered Bus will be utilized.  Students will need lunch money.  Parents welcome on their own.

Tuesday, July 9.  6:45 - 8:30pm at DACC East Mesa Auditorium.   This event is sponsored by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Parents, plan on attending the first day of Camp for at least the first hour.  You should also plan on attending the field trips on your own if possible, and DEFINITELY the last day of Camp, when the students' Final Design Competition Projects will be presented and judged by local architects, followed by lunch and the awards and recognition ceremony.  Please encourage your child to go to sleep early, get plenty of sleep, and prepare for the next day in order that he/she will arrive early and be alert throughout the day.  Also, do not hesitate to contact the program facilitator, professor Rios, at any time with any questions or concerns.
Architecture Discovery Camp at NMSU - Dona Ana Community College
For more additional, contact:
Luis Rios, Professor at or 575-527-7747