LSU School of Architecture Hosts Project Pipeline Architecture & Design Camp for Students in Baton Rouge
Established in 2009 by the National Organization of Minority Architects, or NOMA, Project Pipeline is a mentorship program designed to encourage equality within the profession and provide an introduction to young students interested in architecture and design. The first summer camp to take place in the state was held in New Orleans in 2012. NOMA Louisiana has expanded the 2013 camp to reach eighth- to 12th-grade students throughout the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
School of Architecture students Garrett Mason, Xueru Lan and Reuben Solarie are volunteering as instructors in Baton Rouge, and camp counselors will be comprised of young architecture and design professionals, School of Architecture faculty members and alumni, and educators from participating high schools.
2012 School of Architecture alum LaQuinton Nimox, a LEED Green Associate, is volunteering to serve as a camp counselor in Baton Rouge. Nimox is currently an intern architect at Dyke Nelson Architecture, a firm that recently received a “FACELIFT! Mid City: Small Business Facade Improvement” grant from the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance of Baton Rouge. Nimox’s role as camp counselor will be to ignite an understanding of the mutual relationships between architecture and community through creative thinking and building design.
“Project Pipeline is closing a gap that has long divided minority students from exploring the potential of studying architecture at the collegiate level,” Nimox said. “The role of local architecture students and architects is vital to the success of young students being aware of architecture’s impact on community.”
The Project Pipeline Architecture & Design Camp will be held at the College of Art & Design July 19. For sessions on July 20 and 21, the camp will move downtown to the Design Resource Center, located at 247 Florida St. Each day will consist of various hands-on activities and learning sessions designed to encourage design thinking. On July 21, students will present their projects to a crowd of teammates, students, counselors and parents.
For more information about Project Pipeline and NOMA Louisiana, visit www.nomalouisiana.org.