ACCI Summer Academy

2018 Info Coming Soon

The College of Architecture and Construction Management will host our first edition of the ACCI Summer Academy on June 5 - 9, 2017 on the Marietta campus as a part of our Community Outreach Program. 

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 third year of the ACCI Summer Academy, two week-long camps will be offered, including a new Academy in partnership with the College of Architecture and Construction Management on the Marietta Campus of Kennesaw State University.

 “Light rail transportation architecture” will provide a common theme for the academy. We will explore urban connectivity and how designers view and design cities, while discussing how events and activities in urban settings change with time and how cities can be more resilient with proper design and planning.

The first Academy to be held on the KSU Marietta campus will include tours of STEM labs and building facilities, the new Braves Stadium and the surrounding communities. Under the supervision and tutelage of two KSU Architecture professors and two KSU students in the architecture professional program, students will be working in design teams to develop transit routes and stops for proposed new connectivity between the Braves stadium site and surrounding communities. 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 Darral Tate, and Student Assistant Andrew Smith.  Brief talks by invited faculty from Engineering and Construction Management, local architects and members of the Atlanta Kappa Boulé wil 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 There you will find the forms to download and  another link to the payment website. Please email your registrations to