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KNOXVILLE — Forty high school students from across the country participated in a first-ever UT College of Architecture and Design summer camp the last week in June.

As part of the inaugural Design Matters summer camp, students lived in residence halls and participated in site visits, workshops and lectures. They also were provided studio space in UT’s Art and Architecture building and used the college’s equipment for their designs.

The camp ended with an exhibition of student projects.

Design Matters gave students the opportunity to learn about architecture and interior design programs at UT and about general college life.

“I now feel much better prepared to start thinking about college plans,” said camper Sarah Howell of Batesville, Ind., adding that she learned a lot and still had fun.

The camp was also a chance for students to gauge their interest and skill in the architecture or interior design disciplines, said Laurie Roberson, student services director for the college. “Through Design Matters, these students can test the waters and see if they have the ability and dedication to major in the fields,” she added.

Design Matters director and professor Tricia Stuth hopes that those who attended the camp will return as UT students. “There were a lot of enthusiastic, intelligent campers that would make wonderful additions to the college,” she said.

The college will host the camp again next year. For more information on the camp, contact Laurie Roberson at 865-974-3258 or at

Laurie Roberson, 865-974-3258,
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