Archi·North Summer Camp

Archi·North is the McEwen School of Architecture’s in-person summer camp program.

Curious about a career in architecture? Want to learn more about how the world around you gets designed and built? Interested in a unique pre-university academic experience in Northern Ontario? Archi·North is an opportunity to expand your horizons at Canada’s newest school of architecture.

With instruction from faculty and recent graduates in English- or French-language sessions, Archi·North is proud to offer a one-of-a-kind introductory experience in architecture, design, drafting and drawing to high school students entering Grades 11 and 12 in September 2024.

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About Archi-North

Archi·North is a bilingual and tricultural in-person architecture summer camp run by Canada’s newest architecture school, the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University.

Open to students who are entering into Grades 11 or 12 in September 2024, Archi·North consists of English- or French-language 5-day sessions at the MSoA’s award-winning campus. Each week-long session consists of activities and instruction guided by faculty and recent graduates, with the goal of a broad introduction into the architectural process and design thinking in an academic environment.

Archi·North participants will have access to the MSoA’s extensive facilities for activities ranging from instruction in drafting and drawing, architectural design, physical modelmaking, and digital software. At the end of every session, students will prepare an exhibition of the week’s work for viewing by family and the community.

As a part of the first bilingual architecture school in Canada, Archi·North is dedicated to offering an unconventional pre-university experience that challenges participants to exercise new ways of seeing – and re-imagining – the world around them.

This year, 20 Collab·North Sponsorships are available for students in Northern Ontario, and SPE certificates will be issued to SHSM students in eligible sectors! See additional information below.

Camp Details & Registration

Archi·North is open to all high school students who are entering into Grades 11 and 12 in September 2024. No other qualifications are required.

This year, Archi·North will be running Session 01 for participants coming to Archi·North for the first time, and a Session 02 for both returning participants from the 2023 camp and participants interested in a two-week camp experience. You can only do Session 02 after completing Session 01.

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English Sessions
July 8 to July 12 – [ Session 01 – FULL ]
July 15 to July 19 – [ Session 01 ] & [ Session 02 ]

French Sessions
July 22 to July 26 – [ Session 01 ]
July 29 to August 2 – [ Session 02 ]

If a session is FULL, please email archicamp@laurentian.ca to be added to the waiting list. Should a spot become available, we will let you know!

Registration Fees:
$ 350 + HST for Session 01 (includes a $ 50 non-refundable deposit)
$ 200 + HST for Session 02 (includes a $ 50 non-refundable deposit and requires prior completion of Session 01)

Each session consists of five days that run between 9 AM and 5 PM at the MSoA satellite campus in Sudbury, with an hour break from noon to 1 PM. Lunch is not provided.

Click here for more information about the McEwen School of Architecture’s facilities.

Collab-North Sponsorships

The Collab·North Sponsorships are bursaries funded by the northern Local Architect Societies – the North Bay Society of Architects, the Northern Ontario Society of Architects, and the Algoma Society of Architects – to help 20 high school students from Northern Ontario attend the 2024 Archi·Nord Summer Camp.

Each sponsorship is valued at $350.00

Eligibility: Any high school students who want to register for one of four available Archi·North Session 01 sessions, are entering grade 11 or 12 in September 2024, and currently attend high school in a Northern Ontario community.

Application Forms must be completed and emailed to archicamp@laurentian.ca before the Friday, June 28th 2024 at 5:00pm.

BAS Entrance Scholarship

Entrance scholarships to the Bachelor of Architecture (BAS) program at McEwen School of Architecture worth $500 are funded by Laurentian University’s Office of Francophone Affairs for all participants enrolled in Sessions 01 in French.

Eligibility criteria: All high school students who complete the 5 days of a Session 01 of the Archi-Nord camp in French, who are admitted to the BAS program at the McEwen School of Architecture, and who register for the FL Design Studio. The bursary will be applied directly to tuition fees for the fall semester of the first year.

Sector-Partnered Experience for SHSM Students

This year, Archi·North will be issuing Sector-Partnered Experience (SPE) certificates to students pursuing a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in eligible sectors! If you are currently pursuing a SHSM, you can indicate in the registration form which sector program you are enrolled in and we will let you know if you are eligible to receive a SPE certificate.

The Archi·North experience and activities are the same for all participants regardless of SHSM enrolment or not.

Testimonials from 2023 Participants

  • “I had a lot of fun and enjoyed the process from start to finish. The instructors were great and made me feel safe and comfortable; I never felt pressured and always felt supported. I would love to do this again to explore more about architecture and learn as much as I can.”
  • “Architecture may be a job I would like in life.”
  • “J’aimerais étudier l’architecture et faire demande à la Laurentienne.”
  • “I think this program helped me figure out where/what I want to do with my future and I’m extremely thankful.”
  • “Un environnement sans jugement et rempli de gentillesse.”
  • “I had fun, the counselors were awesome and truly made this experience way more fun than any other summer day camp I’ve gone to before.”
  • “I just want to say thank you for this amazing opportunity because I had an amazing week and just wish it was longer!”
  • “L’expérience qui a confirmé mon avenir en architecture.”
  • “My experience was fun, fulfilling, educational and thought-provoking: I got to think about what my community is lacking and how I could help one day.”

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Partnerships

Archi·North is incredibly grateful for the support and collaboration of its generous sponsors:

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question we haven’t answered yet? Reach out to Archi·North at our official email address: archicamp@laurentian.ca

Are there any supplies that need to be purchased in advance?

No, Archi·North will supply everything needed.

What is the difference between Session 01 and Session 02?

Session 01 will cover an introduction to drafting and drawing (orthographic projections, isometric projection, sketching, floor plans, and elevations), architectural design (spatial programming, concept design, introduction to scale), physical modelmaking (massing model and 1:20 model), and an introduction to digital software.

Session 02 will cover more advanced drawing projection and drawing scales (section, section-perspectives and isometric sections), and will have a greater exploration of model making. Activities may also include presentations from local architects, and portfolio related exercises. Students wanting to register for Session 02 must have completed Session 01.

Are accommodations or transportation available?

Student residences are available for Archi·North participants on Laurentian University’s main campus! Any participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of their stay in residence. Reservations can be made directly with the residence services below and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Archi·North is not responsible for activities outside the scheduled camp hours and assumes no responsibility for the safety, care, or well being of participants during travel to or from the campus.

Laurentian University
CURRENTLY FULL – rooms may become available mid-June

Université de Sudbury
There are limited accommodations available in the [University of Sudbury Residence] at 935 Ramsey Lake Rd, Sudbury ON.
Room type: double rooms (1 adult per double room required)
All linens and towels are provided
Cost: $50 per person per night + HST
Reservations can be made directly by contacting: Richard MacIsaac, Regional Manager, Sales & Marketing, at rmacisaac@stayrcc.com
Please ensure that you cite Archi·North when making your reservation

Thorneloe University
There are a variable number of accommodations, depending on the time period, available in the [Thorneloe University Residence] at 935 Ramsey Lake Rd, Sudbury ON.
Room type: single rooms with one twin bed. Washrooms are shared by sections and kitchens are shared by floors.
There are no linens and towels provided, nor kitchenware
Cost: $45 per person per night + HST.
Parking passes can be purchased at the rate of: $8/day
Reservations can be made directly by contacting: Stacy Sathaseevan, Dean of Residence, at ssathaseevan@thorneloe.ca
Please ensure that you cite Archi·North when making your reservation

Past participants have also stayed in a variety of accommodations, locations, and amenities throughout [Greater Sudbury]! Archi·North is not responsible for activities outside the scheduled camp hours and assumes no responsibility for the safety, care, or well being of participants during travel to or from the campus.

Is there a difference between the EN and FR sessions?

Archi·North is proud to be Canada’s first bilingual architecture summer camp. As a result, the only difference between our sessions is the language of instruction. All activities and events otherwise remain the same!

Can I register if I am studying in a high school outside of Ontario?

Yes! Students from across Canada and beyond are welcomed.

Can I register If I am completing Grade 12 but returning to high school in September?

Yes! In addition to students who are entering into Grades 11 or 12, students returning to high school in September can also register.

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