Teaching Architecture Through Hip Hop Culture

In partnership with the Hip Hop Architect Michael Ford, the Oregon Hip Hop Architecture Camp is designed to introduce middle and high school aged youth of color 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.

Founded by Michael Ford, camp participants work with architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip hop artists to design new visions for their community. This includes the creation of physical models, digital models and a Hip Hop Architecture track and music video summarizing their designs.


Official 2019 Portland Hip Hop Architecture Camp Music Video

2022 Program Information

The Oregon Hip Hop Architecture program is free and open to middle and high school aged youth of color and allies. There is no typical student for the Hip Hop Architecture program. Our students are inspiring architects, urban planners, hip hop artists, musicians, computer game creators, interior designers, industrial designers, politicians and more!

See some projects created by our 2022 Hip Hop Architecture Camp participants, below!

Oregon Hip Hop Architecture MLK Day

Monday, January 17, 2022, 11am-1:30pm, Zoom

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2022, over 50 students and design professionals across Oregon gathered for a virtual one-day design and hip hop event. Youth explored the world of architecture through the lens of hip hop culture and worked with professionals in the field to build a “frozen music” city model based on hip hop lyrics.

Oregon Hip Hop Architecture Camp

Monday, February 14 – Friday, February 18, 2022, 4-6pm, Zoom

In February, students gathered virtually after school for a week of exploring hip hop and architecture! Camp participants wrote raps, constructed physical models, and developed digital 3D models on Tinkercad, all while working with design professionals and artists.

Sponsors

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Read the 2020 Virtual Camp Report including featured student projects

Get Involved

There are many ways for you and your organization to get involved with the Oregon Hip Hop Architecture Camp. From sponsorship opportunities to on-site volunteer positions, you can support youth of color and help provide access to education on architecture, urban planning and community design.

Sponsors of the Oregon Hip Hop Architecture Camp will receive a number of benefits, including:

Camp Sponsor – $5,000 and above

  • Acknowledgment at any public event or media coverage on Michael Ford and the Oregon Hip Hop Architecture Camp
  • Thank you mention at the annual AFO Honored Citizen Dinner with 700+ attendees
  • Acknowledgment in AFO newsletter sent to over 2,000 subscribers
  • Year-long presence on AFO Hip Hop Architecture web page
  • Social media thanks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Logo acknowledgment on official Oregon Hip Hop Architecture video, posted publicly and distributed nationally

Sustaining Sponsor – $2,500

  • Acknowledgment in AFO newsletter sent to over 2,000 subscribers
  • Year-long presence on AFO Hip Hop Architecture web page
  • Social media thanks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Logo acknowledgment on official Portland Hip Hop Architecture video

Supporting Sponsor – $500

  • Acknowledgment in AFO newsletter sent to over 2,000 subscribers
  • Year-long presence on AFO Hip Hop Architecture web page
  • Social media thanks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Acknowledgment on official Portland Hip Hop Architecture video

Become a Sponsor

2022 Oregon Hip Hop Architecture Camp:

Monday – Friday, February 14-18, 2022, 4-6pm

Connect with youth grades 7-12 during the week-long camp! All volunteer positions will take place the week of February 14-18, 4-6pm on Zoom.

Volunteers will be asked to attend a free cultural competency training to gain trauma informed and social-emotional learning skills for working with youth. Please plan to attend this workshop on Tuesday, February 8, 4-6pm.

VOLUNTEER ROLES:

Volunteers will be asked to attend the full camp session on the days they sign up to volunteer (4-6pm). Volunteers will learn about the activity within the first hour and assist students in breakout rooms in the second hour. All volunteer opportunities will take place on Zoom.

DAY 1 – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 4-6PM:
Day 1 is focused on an introduction to architecture and hip hop culture. Volunteers will be expected to assist and inspire students in breakout rooms as they write a four line rap about architecture using complex words.

DAY 2 – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 4-6PM:
Day 2 is focused on turning Day 1 raps into “frozen music” city models. Volunteers will be expected to assist students in breakout rooms as they build their physical models.

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 4-6PM:
Day 3 is focused on turning Day 2 physical models into 3D models on Tinkercad. Volunteers will be expected to assist students in breakout rooms as they navigate and build their models on Tinkercad.

DAY 4 – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 4-6PM:
Day 4 is a work day. Volunteers will be expected to assist students in breakout rooms as they finalize their projects (rap, physical model and Tinkercad model) and assist students with documenting and digitally submitting their final projects.

DAY 5 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 4-6PM:
Day 5 is a final presentation and celebration day. Volunteers will be expected to listen and critique students’ final projects.

Sponsor the Camp

Questions?

Contact:
Candice Agahan
Education Program Manager
candice@af-oregon.org
503-542-3823