The Alex Foundation will host its annual Architecture + Design Summer Camp for Girls virtually from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 13-17. The free camp will be taught by licensed architect Pascale Sablan of New York, according to a news release.

Enrollment capacity is 25 for girls entering the 7th grade in Chicot County in Arkansas and Washington County in Mississippi. Funding for the camp is made possible by King’s Daughters and Sons Circle #2 and Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, according to the release.

The virtual summer camp will use historic Belmont Plantation at Greenville, Miss., as a backdrop for teaching and learning. A virtual tour of the site will be presented to youth as part of their architecture study on re-purposing historic structures.

During the architecture + design summer camp, youth will receive an architecture kit with all their supplies for the week, including laptops, Wi-Fi, and design software to fabricate structures.

The instructor, Sablan, has more than 12 years of architecture and design experience. She has been on the design team for a variety of mixed-use, commercial, cultural and residential projects in the U.S., Saudi Arabia, India, Azerbaijan, Japan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE.)

“Pascale is the 315th living African-American female architect in the United States to attain her architectural license,” according to the news release. “She is the founder and executive director of the New York-based Beyond the Built Environment, LLC, positioned to uniquely address the inequitable disparities in architecture by providing a holistic platform aimed to support numerous stages of the architecture pipeline.”

Pascale was recently appointed to the American Institute of Architects New York Board of Directors and American Institute of Architects National Strategic Planning Committee.

She has received several awards, including the 2018 Pratt Alumni Achievement Award, Emerging New York Architect Merit Award and the NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) Prize for Excellence in Design.

Pascale holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and a Master of Science degree in advanced architectural design from Columbia University.

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