ARCH 2600: The Art of Architecture, Place, and Culture

July 2015

We live in a world full of manmade designs—some would even say we live in a designed world.  How do designers see the world?  How do they create?  This course is designed to offer students hands-on opportunities to develop an understanding and appreciation of the arts and aesthetics as ways of seeing, and expanding our experiential understanding of the world.  Students will develop skills:

  • Related to establishing a foundation for visual literacy, through old and new ways of seeing, engaging in active ways of looking at the world and the places around them in order to understand their potential and responsibility in shaping them.
  • To record and interpret both physical and intellectual experiences, and the tools to transform their ideas and observations by thinking through design.
  • To connect different and sometimes disparate ideas through exposure to a variety of points of view about how we see and experience the world, a systems approach to connecting knowledge, thereby weaving a rich tapestry of experience and expanding horizons at multiple scales.

Major themes of this course include:

  • Firmness, Commodity, Delight
  • Harmony, Order, Balance (Form, Order, Beauty)
  • Man & Nature: Claiming Site
  • The Collective, Community: Sense of Place
  • Great Ideas, Great Spaces, Curiosity

The format of the course will use illustrated talks from faculty and guest lecturers, along with readings and discussions; field exercises and actively reflective projects to offer the opportunity to articulate the lessons and insights of the preceding lectures and discussions. Field exercises will include visits to the:

This course is offered by the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and led by Scott Finn, the Ann & Batey Gresham Professor, School of Architecture.

Students will earn 3 hours of college credit.


Open to rising junior and senior high school students with good academic standing.


Program cost is $4,000 which includes tuition, books, supplies, housing, dining, and transportation (program field trips), as well as social and recreational activities. Students will have access to campus facilities to include labs, libraries, and the new Rec and Wellness Center.

Required Forms and Insurance

Please complete the required camp form packet below, no later than two weeks prior to the start of camp. All information provided remains confidential.

If you consent to allowing campers to self-administer required medication, please print and complete the form listed below. (NOTE: You will need to upload this form when you reach the end of the Summer Camp Form Packet.)

As proof of health insurance, all participants must upload a copy of their health insurance card (front and back) with the camp form packet. If the participant does not have current health insurance coverage; please contact us as soon as possible for options. (NOTE: You will need to upload the front and back of your insurance card when you reach the end of the Summer Camp Form Packet.)

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Please read our Cancellation & Refund Policy.

General Information

Information on IT, safety and supervision, student conduct, getting to Auburn, health services, insurance, students with disabilities, and refund policy is available on the general information page.

Contact Information

For program questions, please contact the coordinator, Jeff Dyal at 334.844.5817.

Last Updated: October 17, 2014