ArchiCamp is an annual grassroots gathering of architecture students and professionals, artists and craftsmen, with camping, design workshops, tours, talks, discussions and entertainment. Each participant does as much or as little as they please. First and foremost, ArchiCamp is about the enjoyment of sharing ideas with others and building connections and professional culture nationally and internationally.
Well acclaimed professionals and artists have generously invested their time and energy in ArchiCamp, including Richard Leplastrier, Kerry and Lindsay Clare, Lindsay Johnston, Adrian Welke, and many others.
ArchiCamp is not an official event, it has no sponsors, receives no funding, and has no budget beyond the sum total of participants’ contributions towards communal meals. Any leftover budget is donated.
“Studio in the Sticks”
Ahead of each ArchiCamp, specific ethical causes for architectural intervention are identified within the host community and the environment where ArchiCamp is to be held. (E.g. community halls, housing, tourism facilities, masterplans, etc.) This informs creative briefs, which are presented to participants at the opening of ArchiCamp.
During the camp, students may choose to address these, developing design concepts and presenting these to the stakeholders. Following ArchiCamp, students may continue working on their successful concepts, through design development to DA documentation, construction drawings and construction itself.
ArchiCamp programme includes site visits, tours, lectures, talks, practical workshops, spontaneous design and build, campsite/amenities/field kitchen setup, campfires, discussions, live music, etc.