Nine 9-12th grade youth from Southeast Arkansas participated in the Fay Jones School of Architecture (FJSOA) Summer Design Camp at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville June 10-14.


These students received full scholarships as part of a collaboration between FJSOA and the Alex Foundation. The scholarships paid for each student’s housing, meals, materials, supplies and instructions, according to a news release.


Students who attended design camp at Fayetteville include the following, listed by hometowns: Lake Village — Jaidyn Rucker, Emmarian Mcadoo, Sederion Webb and Malachi Carter; Eudora — Zaylon Thomas; Rison — Brandon Barnett; Dermott/Atlanta — Mykahl Walker; Little Rock — Robert Graham; and Greenville — Xaelen Maxwell.


Among their activities, students experienced observation exercises, design development, field trips and site visits of architecture at Cooper Chapel and Crystal Bridges, and a preview of the design professions taught by FJSOA architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty.


Alison Turner, director of community education and professor of architecture, said design camp is a way for students to be a part of the design and built environment process.


“I really enjoy being able to share my passion for architecture with young students and hopefully help inspire them to pursue their interests in the design professions,” Turner said. “Design Camp is a wonderful way for them to gain some insight into the process we go through in designing a project – and to take a little bit of the mystery out of how things are designed and built.”


Turner is also one of the FJSOA professors who presents the Alex Foundation’s STE+AM (science, technology, engineering, art plus architecture and math) to middle and high school students during the academic school year.


“Alex Foundation appreciates the schools, counselors and parents’ support to ensure students who expressed an interest in experiencing summer camp at the state’s only architecture and design university program, were afforded that opportunity,” a spokesman said in the news release.


“Lakeside High School counselor, Ms. Andrea Turner, and Lakeside Middle School counselor, Mrs. Deborah Patterson, were instrumental in engaging students during the school year and assisting the students with their summer camp application. Mrs. Deborah Patterson and Mrs. Stephanie White were chaperones and drivers to and from Fayetteville with the students,” according to the spokesman.


The Alex Foundation was established in 2010 in honor of Alex Courtney, who majored in architecture to give youth an architecture and design experience, according to a news release.


For details on the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, visit https://fayjones.uark.edu/. For details on the Alex Foundation, visit ww.alex-foundation.org.