Masonry camp


Alicia Wakefield, Architect at Friar Associates, attended the International Masonry Institute’s five-day Masonry Camp at their training headquarters Bowie, Maryland last month. Craftworkers from all over the country worked alongside instructors to teach young architects about masonry construction.  Campers laid brick, installed tile, and learned how to build forms to construct arches.  They also traveled to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC to learn more about the ongoing masonry restoration, which was a result of the 2011 earthquake damage.  After the hands-on training and field trip, teams of craftworkers and architects worked together on a design-build challenge.  The final projects, which included drawings and a 4’ x 6’ x 4’-8” mock-up, were presented for critique on the last day of camp.  For more photos and to learn more about the camp visit

Photos provided by the International Masonry Institute.