We shape our buildings; thereafter, our buildings shape us.

Winston Churchill   


Young Architects Summer Program

The Young Architects Summer Program is for youth in grades 6 through 12.  Two one-week sessions are taught, and each session is a full five days.  The 2019 camps are scheduled July 22-26 for middle school students and July 29-August 2 for high school students.  Students are introduced to the architectural history of La Jolla, learn space and layout planning, and develop architectural drawing, modeling, and computer skills.  The program is related to possible higher education interests in architecture, architectural history, interior design, and construction-related careers.  Students visit residential buildings in La Jolla that exemplify the work of extraordinary architects from different eras, where they learn on-site recognition of various architectural styles.  Students also visit the studio of a local architect and a construction site.  Each student is provided a learning packet that includes model kits, sketchbooks, and drafting equipment.  Each student is provided a laptop computer with architectural CAD (computer-aided design) software, Sketch-Up, for use during the program.  The camp culminates with each student designing a structure on a designated site based on design criteria specified by the instructors. The students present their designs by Powerpoint to the class, instructors, and parents.  This is the only architectural design and planning summer course available to youth in San Diego County, a unique program offered, organized, and taught by volunteer practicing architects in La Jolla and San Diego.  La Jolla architect Laura DuCharme-Conboy, AIA, LEED AP, is leading the two session series.

SOLD OUT! Session 1: Middle School, July 22-26, 2019 | 9:00am-3:00pm | Tuition $700 To be placed on a wait list, please contact us at 858.459.5335

SOLD OUT! Session 2: High School, July 29-Aug 2, 2019 | 9:00am-4:00pm | Tuition $750  To be placed on a wait list, please contact us at 858.459.5335

Space is limited. Applications are available below. Please print, complete, and mail with payment to:

La Jolla Historical Society | PO Box 2085 | La Jolla CA 92038-2085


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LJHS Internships

The La Jolla Historical Society offers ongoing opportunities for higher education undergraduate or graduate students to work on archival and content-based projects. Please contact the Society’s staff Archivist.

The Children’s Pool: A Historic Analysis 

La Jolla Riford Branch Library, 7555 Draper Avenue

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00pm | FREE

A presentation by LJHS Board Members Diane Kane PhD and Matthew Mangano PE

Join us for this lively review of the history of the Children’s Pool.  Conceived by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps and her brilliant engineer Hiram Savage, together they planned, designed, and constructed this iconic La Jolla landmark. See historic plans and photographs and learn about the technical challenges, political intrigue, and social benefits of this ground-breaking project. The presenters analyze the changes that have occurred to this National Register-eligible resource over the past 87 years, and invite you to evaluate its importance to La Jolla’s community history.