The Alex Foundation will host its free architecture + design summer camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 16-20.


The annual camps will be held at Lakeport Plantation Museum at Lake Village for girls entering 7th grade in Chicot and Desha counties, and at J. Austin White Cultural Center (JAWCC) at Eudora for girls and boys in 7th and 8th grades from Chicot County.


Space is limited to 25 participants at each location.


The Lake Village camp will be taught by Katie Bruhl, a registered architect with Allison + Partners at Little Rock, and Dorcedar Glover, an engineer with General Electric Aviation at Batesville, Miss.


Kwendeche (who only goes by one name), a registered architect in Arkansas and Missouri, will teach at the Eudora and Lake Village camps. Kwendeche will engage youth with drones and present a documentary film, Citizen Architect.


A partner with Allison + Partners, a full-service architecture and interior design firm, Bruhl grew up near Helena. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Fay Jones School of Architecture in 2007 and joined the firm in 2008.


Kwendche is a U.S. military veteran who has conducted architecture services in Hong Kong, Indonesia, New York, Haiti and Walt Disney World. He is a graduate of Howard University School of Architecture and Planning at Washington, D.C.


Glover is a senior operations manager with GE, responsible for safety, delivery, quality, and cost for four business units. At the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, she received her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. Her master’s degree in supply chain management is from Pennsylvania State University.


The faculty will include Vernard Henley, a civil engineer and assistant dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Henley previously worked as a drilling engineer for Exxon. He will present at both camps.


Additional activities will include an interior design presentation by Lisa Hutchinson of McGehee; a stained-glass fabrication project by Katherine Dawson of Lake Village; tours at Paul Michael Co., Lakeport Plantation Museum “big house” and Tommy Marshall Curiosity Center (TMCC). Allison + Partners are the architects for TMCC.


The Alex Foundation’s architecture + design camps are an extension of its STE+AM (science, technology, engineering, art plus architecture and math) initiative which is convened throughout the school year for middle and high school students. The summer camps are a collaborative effort with partners including JAWCC, Lakeport Plantation Museum and McGehee Depot Museum.


Details: Alex Foundation, www.alex-foundation.org or info@alex-foundation.org.