ACCI Summer Academy

The College of Architecture and Construction Management will host our third edition of the ACCI Summer Academy on June 3-7, 2019 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 fifth year of the ACCI Summer Academy, a one-week-long camp will be offered by the ACCI Summer Academy in partnership with the College of Architecture and Construction Management on the Marietta Campus of Kennesaw State University.

“Scales of Need/Scales of Design” 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 spend a half day visiting a site nearby (to be determined) to further our discussions of necessity and affordability in housing. 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 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.

The lead professors will be professors Marietta Monaghan and Ed Akins. They will be assisted by student assistants. Desk crits by local architects, recent graduates 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 (rising 8th grade through 12th grade) 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 and be sure to save the forms as pdf documents to ensure the size is printable.