How does a building take shape?
In what ways do architects work through and refine ideas?
How do they communicate designs to their clients?
Architecture Explorations is a multifaceted project including an exhibition of works from the collection of the Heinz Architectural Center along with summer art and architecture camps for kids and teens.
The objects on view in the long gallery lay out the architectural design process from sketch to structure. Organized around seven unique projects, these sketches, plans, renderings, and models reveal how buildings take shape. Highlighting the various phases of architectural design and the unique approaches of different architects over time, the projects serve as sources of inspiration for campers throughout the summer.
In the design studios in these galleries, campers investigate all kinds of structures—apartment houses, airports, office buildings, and urban parks, to name a few—and their changing use, design, and construction across history. New this summer is our series Architecture 101 workshops for high school students, which introduce concepts covered in first-year college architecture programs such as imaginative and sustainable practices in urban planning and building design.
Architecture Explorations camps are presented in collaboration with the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture.