“Personally, when I was in the 5th grade I was introduced to architecture by a teacher, Ms. Arvizu. She gave me that glimpse of architecture, and with that glimpse of architecture I started to want to learn more about it. That’s what I want to accomplish with them.

“If I feed their passion, because obviously, they’re already in the architecture camp, and so they have some interest in there. I just want to help them understand a little bit more about what the entire industry of architecture is. My favorite part is seeing their faces light up when they see something they like that we’ve shown them or that they like to see.”

TTU Architecture Summer Camp Visits PSC in El Paso from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper on Vimeo.

Firm Principal Hector De Santiago, AIA, has been inviting Texas Tech University students from the El Paso campus to the local office for the past four years. This year, he invited middle and high school students involved in an architecture summer camp for a tour and a presentation about the architectural process.

Hector talked about architecture from the initial design phase and sketches to renderings and construction. Then he showed the students photos from finished projects and ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

Collin Whitener, TTU architecture camp student, said his favorite part was seeing the finished projects come together from ideas and the architects’ designs.

“I felt like I learned a lot about the dynamics of an architecture firm,” said Collin Whitener, TTU architecture camp student, “and that it’s not just the working on projects all the time; it’s working with your clients and seeing what they like and interpreting their wishes. I felt like it was a lot of multi-facets all coming together to create an end goal and vision.”