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’s Feature on Oprah Winfrey Network - SuperSoul Short Film

"It's about more than just a building. It's about the people, the community and literally making something out of nothing. The goal for us is not only to get more students of color invested in those careers but also to reimagine themselves –and reimagine what their world can look like." 

In this SuperSoul Short Film presented by American Family Insurance, watch how Mike Ford is fusing his passions of hip-hop music and architecture to inspire young people of color to think critically and dream fearlessly about their neighborhoods and their communities. 

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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). With our partner, The Urban Arts Collective, all donations made to The Hip Hop Architecture Camp are tax deductible.