ACCI Summer Academy
The Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry (ACCI) strives to mentor, educate and develop creative abilities in youth to promote greater diversity in the architecture, engineering and construction professions. Using the creative process of design and highlighting the significance of art, architecture, and engineering in daily life experiences, we engage youth while providing them with an insight into the world of art, architecture, engineering and related professions.
In this fourth year of the ACCI Summer Academy, two one-week-long camps will be offered,
including the one-year-old Academy in partnership with the College of Architecture
and Construction Management on the Marietta Campus of Kennesaw State University.
"A small house for young professionals" will provide a common theme for the academies. We will explore design approaches that focus on necessity and affordability in the context of the emerging realm of minimal housing environments. Architects, engineers and educators will facilitate discussion and learning opportunities for the students as we develop concepts, designs, and final representations (both drawings and models) of proposed solutions.
The Academy at the KSU Marietta campus will include tours of STEM labs and building facilities, and we will visit the IKEA Store in Midtown to get a feel for the small house layouts and furniture scaled to fit small spaces. Under the supervision and tutelage of two KSU Architecture professors and at least one KSU student in the architecture professional program, students will be working in design teams to develop their visions for a small affordable house. Visiting Architects, Engineers, and Educators will facilitate discussion and learning opportunities for the students as we develop concepts, designs, and final representations (drawings / models) of proposed solutions.
Lead Professors will be Marietta Monaghan and Professor Ed Akins. They will be assisted by Student Assistant Christian Newman. Brief talks by invited faculty from Engineering and Construction Management, local architects and members of the Atlanta Kappa Boulé will round out the instruction. Hands-on learning will be in the architecture studio and there will be a juried competition on the final day with a reception for parents and families of the students.
Students will be working closely with the professors as groups and teams in the studio, or on the campus walks and the off-site tour. Student assistants will work under the supervision of the professors. All students, assistants and professors will attend lectures/presentations by invited faculty or outside speakers. Parents are to drop off/pick up students at the front door of the N Building (Main Architecture Building), where professors and student assistants will direct the process.
High school students who are interested in joining our one week program should visit the official website at diversitycomplete.com/acci/summer-academy. There you will find the forms to download and another link to the payment website. Please email your registrations to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to save the forms as pdf documents to ensure the size is printable.