Each summer, Carnegie Museum of Art presents architecture camps and workshops in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. Open to all area students age six through high school, these lively programs investigate all kinds of structures—houses, bridges, office buildings, and museums, to name a few—and their changing use, design, and construction across history. During the program, half of the Heinz Architectural Center’s galleries are transformed into design studios. The remainder of the Center’s gallery space hosts an exhibition of forty objects from the department’s collection of more than 5,000 drawings, models, photographs, rare books, games, commemorative items, and other material made since the 1780s. Chosen for their relationship to the camps’ themes, the objects in Architecture Explorations enlighten and inspire participants and also offer insights to the public on fundamental architectural ideas and strategies.
The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.