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Architecture Summer Camp: Design Discovery

Architecture Summer Camp: Design Discovery

Design Discovery is an eight-day summer workshop intended to answer many of the questions about architecture and design as fields of study and as professions.

Next Camp: Sunday, June 7 – Saturday, June 12, 2020 

Online registration will open Feb. 1, 2020.

The major goal of the summer workshop is to simulate the information, skill, and intensity required for an architectural education and to give clear insight into the practice of architecture. With this experience, it will be possible for the participants to make an informed career decision about architecture and its related disciplines.


Admission into Design Discovery is open to high-school-age students (16 and above) and incoming college freshmen who are interested in the field of architecture and/or other related design fields. Older students are also encouraged to attend, but they must contact the school for specific instructions and arrangements before filling out the application. Neither school transcripts nor letters of recommendation are required. 

Prospective students, as well as those considering a career in architecture, have found Design Discovery helpful in confirming their choice of architecture as a profession and in making a smoother transition into the first-year architecture studio. The dedicated faculty members and high-caliber students who work as counselors and instructors during the week provide knowledge, experience, and friendships that will be valuable to entering architecture freshmen. The School of Architecture highly recommends all those who have been accepted into the first-year architecture studio consider participating in Design Discovery.

Application and Costs

Design Discovery is first-come, first-served, and space is limited. All applications should be received by us before June 1. Anyone considering applying after this date should call the Mississippi State University School of Architecture before mailing an application to see if space is still available. 

The total cost of the camp is $595. This includes a non-refundable filing fee of $100, which must be enclosed with each application. Upon notice of acceptance to Design Discovery, the remaining $495 is due by June 1.

The cost of the program includes instruction by faculty and counselors, a t-shirt, supplies that the student will receive throughout the week, and university fees for health services, equipment, facilities, and libraries.

Checks should be made payable to:

“MSU School of Architecture and Design Discovery”

If for some unseen reason you cancel your attendance, you will receive a 100% refund (of the $495) prior to June 1, and a 50% refund (of the $495) prior to June 5. No refund will be available after June 5.

Download the application


Toyota Wellspring Education Fund

Full scholarships are available for students attending public school in Lee, Pontotoc, and Union Counties through the Create Foundation’s Toyota Wellsprings Education Fund. Please contact us to inquire.

Johnson-McAdams Design Discovery Camp Scholarship

Applicants must be from Leflore County, Mississippi; be sixteen years of age or older; and be genuinely interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines. Minority students and other under-represented populations will also be considered. This scholarship funds four students to attend this eight-day summer workshop. Each scholarship will pay for all costs (except for one meal) of the selected participants' meals, lodging, and supplies.

Joseph L. Echols D2 Scholarship

This scholarship will provide support to high school students attending the Mississippi State University School of Architecture Design Discovery Camp. Candidates must meet the following criteria: be a high school student who shows an interest in majoring in architecture by taking college preparatory math and science courses and demonstrating creative abilities; show strong work ethic and satisfactory academic performance; be a minority student from the Marshall County area; demonstrate financial need. The scholarship will pay for all costs (except for one meal) of the selected participants' meals, lodging, and supplies during the eight-day summer workshop.

Eligible students should contact the School of Architecture to request a scholarship application.

Room and Board

Both male and female students must stay in an MSU residence hall. The residence halls will be supervised by the counselors who will be assisting throughout the week as well as by trained MSU residence hall assistants. Some meals will be served at the School of Architecture; one meal will be at the student’s own expense during a walking tour of downtown; all others may be purchased with a temporary MSU dining card that the students will receive at Registration. Roommate requests may be made at the time of application or at any time prior to registration deadline. No room assignment may be changed after 5 p.m., June 1. All students MUST bring a pillow, bed-linens, and towels.

Program of Events


  • Afternoon Registration at School of Architecture: 3-5 pm: Top Floor @ Giles Hall
  • Evening Dinner & Opening Remarks: 5:30 pm Presentation: Design Discovery at MSU (for both parents and students) Introduction: Lecture (The Instant Environment) Begin Project 1 (Conceptual Modeling)


  • Morning Lecture/Workshop: Freehand Drawing I
  • Afternoon Full Scale Construction of Project 1
  • Evening Construction Ends (review projects) Film Series 1 (Auditorium)


  • Morning Field Work / Sketching (Church option)
  • Afternoon Lecture: Begin Project 2 (3-D Spatial Study)
  • Evening Intro to Structure (paper studies) Review Proj. 2


  • Morning Field Trip: Modern Buildings (Field Sketch)
  • Afternoon Lecture
  • Begin Project 3 (Product Design: Furniture)
  • Evening Film Series 2 (Auditorium)


  • Morning Drawing/Sketching Workshop II
  • Afternoon Field Sketching in the Cotton District
  • Evening Review Furniture Project (No. 3)
  • Film Series 3 (Auditorium)


  • Morning Field Trip: to Campus Buildings
  • Afternoon Discussion: The Profession of Architecture
  • Complete Miniature Site Model
  • Evening Lecture: Final Project (Residential Design Unit)
  • Charrette


  • Morning Studio Session: Final Project
  • Afternoon Studio Session: Final Project
  • Evening Final Project Submission: 8 pm 
  • Dinner / Party / Live Music 
  • Film Series 4 (Auditorium)


  • Morning 8:30 am Final Project Reviews: (Parents are encouraged to attend morning sessions to see the students present their work)
  • Closing Remarks: 11:00 - 11:30 
  • Check-out: 11:30

Camp Galleries

Design Discovery 2018

Design Discovery 2017

Design Discovery 2016


Design Discovery
School of Architecture 
P.O. Box AQ 
Mississippi State, MS 39762-5541 

Phone 662-325-2202
Fax 662-325-8872