Birmingham Design – Session 1: July 17-21, 2017

Auburn University’s Design Workshop offers an engaging program for rising 6th-8th grade students interested in a career in design. Hosted by the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and the School of Industrial and Graphic Design, both located in the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction, this week-long, day camp offers an intensive design experience while exploring the many disciplines of graphic design, industrial design, architecture, and landscape architecture. Through a series of diverse but interconnected, hands-on exercises, students will learn the fundamental principles of design as well as essential skills such as sketching, model making and select aspects of digital design and fabrication. Each day students will learn additional knowledge that will increase their ability to think design. Working in the dedicated space of Auburn University Urban Studio, participants have access to specialized computer software, large-scale printing, and small-scale fabrication capabilities. In addition to their work in the studio, students will embark on a variety of exciting field trips and visits to professional design offices as well as site-based exercises within the rich, urban city of Birmingham, Alabama. The faculty’s diverse background ensures that participants receive a personally broad perspective on design.

This camp is intended for rising 6th – 8th grade students.

Please note: This is a DAY Camp located at Auburn University’s Urban Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. No overnight housing options are available.

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The Urban Studio (officially known as the Auburn University Center for Architecture and Urban Studies) was founded in 1991 by Associate Professor Franklin Setzer as a teaching and outreach venue for Auburn's School of Architecture. Birmingham is an excellent laboratory of study for future design professionals, and Alabama's largest metropolitan area is home to many of our professional constituents and alumni.


The Urban Studio
221 20th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203


Students will have lunch catered to the Urban Studio.

Danielle Wilkens
Dr. Danielle Wilkens
Assistant Professor of Architecture

Danielle Wilkens, Associate AIA, FRSA, is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. She is a practicing designer, researcher, and educator who is particularly interested in bringing architectural engagement to diverse audiences through interactive projects. She was the Project Manager for the Learning Barge, the University of Virginia’s innovative design/build project for a floating classroom and sustainable field station on the Elizabeth River. The project was funded by grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Vested in the development of architectural education, she served on the Board of Directors for the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Her previous teaching positions include the University of Virginia, Queen Mary University of London, and Regent’s University London. She worked with Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) for several years as an Academic Coordinator and Architecture Instructor for Summer Studies Programs; her most recent project as an Independent Learning Curriculum Developer for an original course on architecture for gifted 5th–7th grade students was launched in late 2014.

Assistant Professor of Architecture, Valerie Friedmann
Valerie Friedmann.
Assistant Professor of Architecture

Valerie Friedmann, MLA, Associate ASLA, is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Valerie teaches studio and related support courses in the graduate landscape architecture program. Her primary pedagogical goal is to guide students through a critical reading of landscape so that they may become experts in detecting and seizing design opportunities. Paramount to this focus is teaching students to package complicated ideas for sharing through visual communication. Valerie is currently exploring animation software such as Adobe AfterEffects and sees time-based media as a fundamental component in the generation and representation of landscape projects.

Valerie’s current research interests include the flow and re-organization of resources at the regional and metropolitan scale, and the often-overlooked ecological productivity and services provided by remnant urban sites such as vacant lots and public rights-of-way. Valerie is forming a research agenda to be deployed during her appointment at Auburn that will focus specifically on the latent ecological productivity of rights-of-way in the Mobile Bay Drainage Area.

Tuition is $550 per person and covers all instruction, materials, lunch, snacks, transportation fees, and recreational activities.

Enrollment will be limited to 20 students so register early.

Auburn Youth Programs Registration Process:

Before you register for camp, here is a layout of the full registration process as well as a few tips/tricks to help you along the way!

  1. Click the “Register Now” button at the bottom of the Registration Tab.
  2. Once redirected, please fully complete the Summer Camp Form Packet for your child
    • Please note that all fields are required
    • You will be prompted to upload a front & back picture of your health insurance card. At the end of the camp forms, you will come to a statement about payment for camp. Payment (either down payment or full) must be made within 24hrs to reserve your child’s spot in camp. If no payment is received within 24hrs, your child will be removed from the camp roster. If you are making the down payment, please call our office for assistance.
    • The completion of the Summer Camp Form Packet will take approximately 10-15 minutes
  3. Once you have submitted your Summer Camp Form Packet, you will be redirected to make payment via our online secure portal.
    • If you are new to camps at Auburn University, you will need to create a payment account.
      1. On the main page, click the button “Enroll Someone Else”
      2. At the bottom of the new page, click “Create Account”
      3. Please enter your child’s information with your e-mail
      4. Once complete, click “Add Account”
      5. You will be prompted to enter your e-mail again & confirm your information
      6. Next, make sure the registration fee is selected & click “Proceed to Checkout”
      7. Finally – enter in your credit card information to make payment
        Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express
    • If you are a returner, please use the account you already created from a previous summer to log in. If you need help, please call our office for assistance.
      1. Use your existing e-mail and password to login
      2. Next, make sure the registration fee is selected & click “Proceed to Checkout”
      3. Finally – enter in your credit card information to make payment.
        Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express

At any time during the registration process, if you run into a problem or have a question, please call our registration office at (334) 844 – 5100 or e-mail us at Our office is open Monday through Friday from 7:45am to 4:45pm CST.

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Last Updated: May 18, 2017