Project Pipeline was born at the 2005 NOMA conference in Fort Lauderdale. Then President Paul Taylor asked Drake Dillard and David Kirk to research and establish a plan for camp that would introduce minority students with a focus on black students to architecture with the ultimate goal of creating more licensed black architects. The first camp was held in 2006 in Cincinnati by the South West Ohio NOMA chapter. Since then over twenty camps, in twenty cities have been held. In 2012 a formalized curriculum was implemented nationally.
Project Pipeline serves a diverse population of students, all of whom are underrepresented in the design field. Our program better prepares students for college and life beyond. Through project pipeline, young people grasp the significance of architecture in their daily lives, as well as the broader cultural, social, and historical implications. They develop skills and tools to contribute to their community critically and constructively. Project Pipeline has served more than 10,000 students over the last decade.
How We Do It
We guide students through all stages of design using strategic programming and fun exercises. Students investigate through drawing and model building, analyze through diagramming and research, and engage through interviews and site visits. By the program’s conclusion, students present a fully realized project that addresses an issue in their city.
Project Pipeline Theory of Change
GM + NOMA STEM Summer Success Program Goals is to provide exposure to STE(A)M career options to historically underrepresented student population; specifically providing access to the study of architecture and to prevent summer learning loss.
Our overall objective is to administer design+build architecture summer camps at Project Pipeline locations. We will serve 200+ students. Participants can expect to engage in the following activities this summer.
The program focus is indicated by the funder. This year, GM approved expanding Project Pipeline Design + Build camps with a special emphasis on preventing summer learning loss. They selected Detroit, Atlanta, and Cleveland as program sites.
To increase awareness of the STEM majors options; particularly Architecture
To inform students how to prepare for STEM majors
To teach design thinking and application
To co-create solutions for community problems
We are leveraging the generous support from our program partners to expand the content and/or number of scholarships awarded at the sites listed.