Camp Prairie Schooner


*Work completed while at El Dorado

DATE: 2012    ROLE: Architecture + Interior Design    COST: $798,000   SIZE: 4,430 SF

Nestled within 176 wooded acres that sit on the bluffs of the Little Blue River, Camp Prairie Schooner is located only 15 miles from downtown Kansas City. These bunkhouses support the Girl Scouts’ mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character by providing access to wilderness activities for girls from every economic background. A living room, bunk rooms, full kitchens, and modern restrooms with showers provide comfort year-round for those who may be experiencing camping for the first time. The design utilizes various strategies to create an economic solution.  Room sizes were carefully laid out to reduce fire suppression expenses. Standard, prefabricated scissor trusses provide an iconic building form and inexpensive prefinished corrugated metal provides the skin. End walls composed of translucent plastic glazing and vibrant colors provide simple way-finding and identification for each bunkhouse.


  • AIA National Small Projects Award, 2016
  • AIA National Instagram, Most Liked, 2016
  • Azure Magazine AZ Awards, Merit, 2013
  • Kansas City Business Journal, Capstone, 2013
  • ra Design Awards, Merit, 2013
  • The Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards, 2013
  • ARCHITECT Magazine Residential Architect Design Awards (RADA), Campus Housing Merit, 2013
  • AIA Central States Region Awards, Honor, 2012
  • AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards, Citation, 2012
  • ARCHITECT Magazine Annual Design Review, Play Award, 2012
  • Interior Design Magazine, Best of Year Award, 2012
  • Kansas State University Kremer Prize for Outstanding Collaborative Achievement, 2012