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Hip Hop Architecture Camp

August 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am - August 11, 2020 @ 11:00 am

Official 2019 Portland Hip Hop Architecture Camp Music Video


In partnership with the Hip Hop Architect and Founder, Michael Ford, the Hip Hop Architecture Camp is a one week intensive experience, designed to introduce underrepresented youth to architecture, urban planning, creative place making and economic development through the lens of hip hop culture. The Camp is based on the “4C’s” which are Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking.

Camp participants are paired with architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip hop artists to create unique visions for their communities which include the creation of physical models, digital models and the creation of a Hip Hop Architecture track and music video summarizing their designs.

COVID-19 has changed the way we work in architecture and it has changed the way we connect with the next generation of architects and designers! Because of this The Hip Hop Architecture Camp is moving to a digital experience this year from August 1-11, 2020.

Who should apply for The Hip Hop Architecture Camp?
The Hip Hop Architecture Camp is open to middle school and high school students. Because of the overwhelming interest in the camp, participants must apply for the limited spaces available in each city. There is no typical student for The Hip Hop Architecture Camp. Our students are inspiring architects, urban planners hip hop artists, musicians, computer game creators, interior designers, industrial designers, politicians and more! Apply by Thursday, July 23 to participate!

2020 Virtual Hip Hop Architecture Camp Schedule
Saturday, August 1 (9-11am PST) – Camp Kick Off
Sunday, August 2 – No Session
Monday, August 3 (9-11am PST) – Hip Hop Architecture Overview (with surprise special guests)
Tuesday, August 4 (9-11am PST) – Hip Hop Architecture Design Day
Wednesday, August 5 (9-11am PST) – Product Design Overview (with Nike)
Thursday, August 6 (9-11am PST) – Product Design Day
Friday, August 7 (9-11am PST) – Create a Rap Day (with surprise Hip Hop artists)
Saturday, August 8 (9-11am PST) – Create a Rap Day (with surprise Hip Hop artists)
Sunday, August 9 – No Session
Monday, August 10 – No Session
Tuesday, August 11 (9-11am PST) – Celebration Day: 47th Anniversary of Hip Hop (with surprise guests)

On August 1, “International Hip Hop Architecture Day” we will kick off our program serving 1500 middle and high school students in a virtual camp experience which includes Architecture, Urban Planning, Fashion, and Music challenges. Our online camp includes appearances by special guests including high profile hip hop artists, athletes, architects, and fashion designers.

Our camp will conclude on August 11, 2020, The 47th Anniversary of Hip Hop with a celebration of all camp participants, sponsors, staff, and volunteers. The top twenty portfolios from participants will win special prizes including 3D Printers, Chromebooks, apparel and most importantly an invitation to participate in the paid, second phase of the virtual camp during 2020 Christmas break.


Apply by Thursday, July 23. If you are located in Oregon, please list the Architecture Foundation of Oregon as your affiliation when you apply so we can connect you with local programs and resources.


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August 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am
August 11, 2020 @ 11:00 am


Candice Agahan