The Hip Hop Architecture Camp™ uses hip hop culture as a catalyst to introduce underrepresented youth to architecture, urban planning and design. 




Watch The Hip Hop Architecture Camp on NBC's TODAY Show

On November 27, 2017, The Hip Hop Architecture Camp and our sponsors, The Urban Arts Collective and Autodesk was featured on The TODAY Show. Michael Ford, Co-Founder of The Urban Arts Collective, was interviewed by TODAY Show host Sheinelle Jones about the creation of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp and his mission to use architecture as a catalyst for diversifying architecture.  


Hip Hop Architecture Camp™ Mixtape and Visual Album



Hip Hop Architecture explores the intersection of Hip Hop culture and the built environment through three interconnected realms; media, professional practice, and academia. The goal of Hip Hop Architecture is to increase the number of underrepresented populations in the practice of architecture while simultaneously creating a new approach to architecture and design, one based on the Hip Hop's founding elements (DJ, Emcee, Graffiti and B-Boy/ B-Girl). Hip Hop Architecture is a manifestation of the widely accepted fifth element of Hip Hop, Knowledge of Self.


The Hip Hop Architect explores how hip hop lyrics provide an evaluation of modern urban architecture and some of the areas where it went wrong. Born and raised in Detroit, Michael Ford, The Hip Hop Architect, is the designer of The Universal Hip Hop Museum.


The Hip Hop Architecture Camp™ is able to provide a high quality camp to under-served youth because of the generous sponsorship of various individuals and organizations. The Hip Hop Architecture Camp prides itself on removing the financial barriers involved with participation in high quality programs for communities who are underrepresented in the S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering,  Arts/Architecture and Math).