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.

Registrations open April 1st!

Email and request to be notified once registrations open.

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.

Camp Details

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 two Sessions 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.

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

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

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.

Registrations open April 1st!
Email and request to be notified once registrations open.

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

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 remplis 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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Frequently Asked Questions

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

No, Archi·North will supply everything needed.

Are accommodations or transportation available?

There are limited accommodations available to Archi·North participants at Laurentian University, Thornloe University, Huntington University, and Université de Sudbury residences, all located on the Laurentian University Main Campus.

Reservations can be made directly with the available residences once registrations open in April.

Reservations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Any participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of their stay in residence. Costs, reservation procedures and contact information will be made available in April.

Archi·North is not responsible for activities or transportation outside the scheduled camp hours.

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.