Architecture, Urban Design and Google Earth

Let’s get creative hardhats on – join us and find out how the architecture industry has changed, learn to draw the perfect house by hand and recreate it with on the computer using revolutionary Architecture software – Archicad.

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OWN Academy is an education innovation company that focuses on real-world learning by re-engineering the what, where and how we learn. We want to encourage our students to use creativity and innovation to improve the world we live in. The topics we will cover include innovation, creativity and design concepts, urban planning as well as big data and architecture. This camp aims to develop students critical and detail oriented mindset through a focus on exposure, compassion, creativity and innovation. Being involved in our greater environment is key to getting creative and achieving effective learning.

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Program Themes: 

Theme 1 | Innovation – Think Outside the Box | “Innovation” is the  buzzword of the decade, but what really is innovation? Is it different from “creativity”? How can we get creative, think out of the box and become innovators? Turns out being innovative isn’t just staring at a wall until a great idea comes. There are ways to achieve innovation and create great designs! From recognising patterns, understanding user experience all the way to colour and font choice. Learn the concepts of what makes a design innovative and great. Know the rules to break the rules.

Location: Hong Kong Island

Theme 2 | Urban Design – Big City, Small Details | What makes a city? I am sure you can name many elements that a city consists of –  apartments, restaurants, roads, schools, law enforcements, emergency services, car parks, cinemas, just to name a few. However there is so much more to it! Explore the city with Google Earth Educators to explore and investigate the city down to the smallest detail to find out what makes a city livable, safe and fair. With Google’s accessible technology and young people’s fluency in social media, we can also share this information to a wider audience such as government city planners for real positive impact.

Location: Hong Kong Island

Theme 3 | Big Data – Storytelling through Big Data | Data is one of the most valuable resource of the 21st century. As the world continues to collect data, it’s value grows and being able to make sense of it all is a highly demanded skill. On the surface, data is just a jumbled mess of numbers and information. Upon digging deeper, you will find patterns, trends and even stories. Through learning to make sense of data, we are training students with analytical and critical thinking skills as well as developing a “can do” attitude when facing situations that initially appears challenging.

Location: Hong Kong Island

Theme 4 | Architecture – Get Your Creative Hardhats On | Living in a metropolis like Hong Kong, we are in the middle of so many architectural marvels. Architecture is an extraordinarily extensive topic to facilitate creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. Are we designing a building to accommodate for the growing population or are we revitalizing a heritage building? What type of geography limitations do we need to account for and how is the user experience from looking at the building to being inside it? As wild as our imagination goes, architects must also take into consideration realistic possibilities. Let’s get creative hardhats on – join us and find out how the architecture industry has changed, learn to drawing the perfect house by hand and recreate it with on the computer using revolutionary Architecture software – Archicad.

Location: Sheung Wan / Sai Ying Pun


  • 10 – 13 years old
  • 14 – 18 years old
  • Adults

Program Fee:

  • $7,200 (Early Bird before October 1)
  • $8,000 (Regular)

What’s Needed:

  1. Laptops will be required throughout camp
  2. iPads / iPhones


  1. Lunch money ($100 / day) and an octopus card will be needed for the camp as we will journey to various destinations via public transportation
  2. iPhone / iPads / Smartphones are needed throughout camp (iPhones / iPads preferred)
  3. Students are dropped off and picked up from the same location every day. We then travel to different locations for various experiences.
  4. Each camp requires a minimum of 8 students to sign up to be activated, otherwise, your money will be refunded


“Attending OWN Academy’s Architecture and Urban Design week-long program has allowed me to see the amount of creativity that each individual can contribute to the society regardless of age.

I was able to explore the idea of placemaking, which is turning a simple location, for example, a street you may pass by every day, into a place where different people would want to come and relax.

The idea of regeneration, which is re-activating public spaces into environmentally friendly and efficient sites broadened my mind to the many possibilities that architectural design can shape the community we live in.

I learned that with urban planning and designing, many factors have to be considered such as traffic, sunlight, walkability, and wayfinding, all of which requires a lot of research to be done before delving into the actual project of creating designs.

By using modern software technologies that are available such as apps like Google Maps and Google Earth Pro, I was able to find ways of improving my design to accommodate different stakeholders’ desires.

Through this exposure to the art of urban designing using a complex architectural design software called ArchiCAD, it encouraged me to continue pursuing my interest in interior designing as a hobby in my future plans. The challenges I faced in the program allowed me to experience the complexity of working as an architect and designer but at the same time, it also incited my passion in the field of design. What I really like about this program is that it gives me the opportunity to see my design come to life from just mere lines on paper to a realistic three-dimensional artwork.”

– Wing Lau, Student from the University of Hong Kong, Age 19.