Architecture and Design

Discover the world of urban design through the lens of a collaborative charette this fall! Have you ever wondered what goes into the selection, design, and implementation of urban interventions in or near your community? We will look at a real-world design problem in downtown Atlanta and propose site-specific solutions to be developed over a period of two days and presented for individual feedback.

Camp Learning Objectives/Goals

  • Work to gain familiarity and facility with hand-drawing and computer modeling techniques
  • Explore aspirations and goals for real-world urban design projects
  • Try our hands at solving a real-world design problem requiring consideration of technical, ecological, political, and legal constraints.

Ages: 13-17

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States

This Architecture and Design workshop based in a case study is designed to accommodate both beginners and students with some architecture and sustainability experience.


Megan Driscoll has background that spans several creative fields, including television production, painting, writing, architecture, and design instruction. Her professional experiences have included producing for CNN and The Washington Post, video freelancing for National Geographic, managing conservation programs with the National Aquarium, and community planning for Habitat for Humanity. Megan has also founded a media company, written a children’s book, and has instructed at UGA in Graphic Systems and Graphic survey studio art courses. Her passion is helping people experience the joy of interacting closely with the natural environment, fulfilling their purposes as stewards and neighbors by creatively working together to build beautiful communities based on respect and kindness. This is Megan’s fourth year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Melissa HolgadoMelissa Holgado graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in math and social science education. For the next five years, she taught every grade 4th-8th and then spent five years raising her children while working on rehabilitating a seventies modern home in Atlanta. Her love of architecture, stories, community, and environment has led her to the Master of Architecture program at Georgia Tech in which she is in her second year. Melissa is excited to weave her love of teaching and architecture together. This is Melissa’s first year as a Georgia Center Youth Programs instructor.