Teaching Architecture Through Hip Hop Culture

In partnership with the Hip Hop Architect Michael Ford, the Portland Hip Hop Architecture Camp is a week long camp, designed to introduce underrepresented middle and high school aged 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.

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

2020 Camp Information

August 1-11, 2020
Due to COVID-19, the Hip Hop Architecture Camp will be entirely virtual this year. The camp is free and open to middle and high school aged youth.

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.

2020 Camp Sponsor

 

Sustaining Sponsor

 

Supporting Sponsors

 

 

 

August 1-11, 2020
Cost: Free

Who should apply for The Hip Hop Architecture Camp?
The Hip Hop Architecture Camp is open to middle school and high school aged youth. 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!

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)

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.

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.

Stay tuned for the 2021 summer camp

Get Involved

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

Sponsors of the Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland 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

Due to COVID-19 and the need to transition over to an entirely digital and national camp, we do not have volunteer opportunities to offer at this time.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Hip Hop Architecture Camp in the future, reach out to Education Program Manager, Candice Agahan at candice@af-oregon.org and we will contact you when opportunities arise.

Sponsor the Camp

Questions?

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