Architectural 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. Renee Scott, 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:   June 20 – July 1, 2016.    8:30am – 1:00pm (except June 22, 24, and 25, which are Field Trip days – see below)
LOCATION:         DACC East Mesa Campus:  Room DADM 202 (‘Home Room), Architecture Studio Classrooms & DACC Auditorium
FEE:                     $175.00  (Payable by June 13, 2016)

Cost of the Camp is $175.  Payment and Required Forms (see the ‘For Parents’ section of this website) will be accepted no later than 5pm Monday, June 13, 2016, 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 $175 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″ Sketch Book, USB drive, and lunches/snacks)

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

FIELD TRIP 1:  Wednesday, June 22 – 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 (Overnight) – Friday, June 24 – Saturday, June 25:   ALBUQUERQUE / SANTA FE / NATIONAL PARK FIELD TRIP    This trip begins by meeting on Friday, beginning at 5:45am and boarding no later than 6:00am.6:00pm.  NMSU vans or a Chartered Bus will be utilized.  The trip concludes at approximately 8:00pm Saturday.  Students will need lunch money.  Parents welcome on their own.  Additional details will be provided on the first day of camp.

Tuesday, June 21, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the DACC East Mesa Auditorium or other site to be announced.   This event is sponsored by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and includes a reception before the movie.

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

or the DACC Architecture Program at 575 528 7310 or