Summer Break, With Structure

Do you have a budding Frank Gehry or Zaha Hadid at home? If so, the place for them to hang out this summer is DDC2, the UNLV Downtown Design Center’s first-ever Design Day Camp. The three-week summer program for high school students (9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10-28) is designed to challenge students to think in new ways about tomorrow’s built environment.

At DDC’s interactive studio at Downtown’s Historic Fifth Street School, students will learn the principles of sustainability and critical thinking in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture. UNLV faculty, graduate students and visiting professionals will guide the course work. Each week will be capped with an open-to-the public reception and exhibit. The camp, which costs $1,875, is a partnership between the DDC and the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The deadline to register is May 10. For more information, visit

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