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o w d o yo u e x p l a i n a r c hi t e c t ur e t o c hi l dre n w h ile k ee p i ng t he m e ng a g e d a nd e xc i te d ab o u t learni ng ? W hy , ha v e t he m bui l d someth i n g! Pic tu r e th i s. Ch ild r e n a nd t e e ns o f v a r i ous age s ar e tak i n g sel fies wi t h t he i r a r m s s t r e t c hed o ut i n effor ts to cap tu r e t he s m a l l s t r uc t ur e s t he y ’ ve bui l t fr om b r i gh t, AI A r e d , f ur ni t ur e g r a d e P V C . Othe r p ar tic i p an ts ar e g a t he r e d a r o und t a b l e s unde r an op e n air te n t. S o m e a r e d r a wi ng . S o me are con str u ctin g mo d e l s a r o und s c a l e f i g ur e s . The y are all car e fu l ly p lan n i ng wha t t he y wi l l b ui l d duri ng th eir ti me w i th th e f ul l s c a l e k i t s . V o l unt e e rs, c l ad with A I A t- sh i r ts, en c o ur a g e t he m t o d e s i g n o n pape r fir st, e x p l ain i n g h o w i t ’ s i m p o r t a nt t ha t t he y c apture th e im p o r tan t el em e nt s o f t he i r d e s i g n i n drawi ngs an d m o d el s so th ey a r e r e a d y t o b ui l d . L o o k i ng f ro m a d ist an ce, th in gs s e e m a b i t c ha o t i c b ut o ne by on e y o u n g p e o p l e a r e wo r k i ng t hr o ug h a care f ul l y cr afte d e x p e r ien ce .

gri dde d pape r f o r what wi l l be c o me th e participan ts’ c o nstruc ti o n drawi ngs. “ Yo u c an vary th e program base d o n the stude nts and the ti me th ey h ave,” say s Matthe w. “ At o ne e ve nt f o r hi gh sc ho ol stu den ts, w e hi d the smal l mo de l s and had the m bu ild th eir fu ll si z e struc ture s f ro m o nl y the c o nstruction draw in gs. T hat re al l y dro ve ho me the i mpo rtan ce of a set c o mmuni c ati ng e ve rythi ng ne e de d by th e bu ilder.” T he pro gram was de ve l o pe d o ve r a p eriod of abou t 6 mo nths o f pro to typi ng. “ We had a g reat idea, bu t

You ’ve j u st ex p er i e nc e d t he l a unc h o f A I A T ri angl e ’ s Sc aleU P Ar ch itectu r e W o r k s ho p a t S P A RKc o n Ope n Sour c e Ar ts f estiv a l i n Ra l e i g h, N C . In 2 0 1 5 , th e AI A Tri a ng l e ( a l o c a l c o m p o ne n t o f the Am er ican I n sti tu te o f A r c hi t e c t s s e r v i ng t he T ri angl e ar ea) ch al len ged it s Y o ung A r c hi t e c t s F o r um l e ade rs to fin d an e n gagi ng wa y t o t e a c h y o ung stude nts wh at a r ch i tects d o . M a t t he w S z y m a ns k i a nd S hawna H ammo n , tw o YA F C ha i r p e r s o ns , d e v e l o pe d a wor ksh o p th at tak e s p a r t i c i p a nt s t hr o ug h t h e de si gn an d e v e n tu al co n s t r uc t i o n o f a s m a l l s p a c e wi thi n th e sp an o f a sh o rt wo r k s ho p . “ S t ud e nt s s t art wi th con cep tu al mo d e li ng a nd d r a wi ng , t he n m o ve o n to con str u ctio n dr a wi ng s , a nd e v e nt ua l l y wo rk i n teams to b u i ld a s t r uc t ur e a t f ul l s c a l e . I n thi s way, th e w o r k sh o p tak e s p e o p l e t hr o ug h a p r o ce ss that r eflects th e d esign a nd c o ns t r uc t i o n o f t he bui l di ngs all a r o u n d th em, ” s a y s S ha wna H a m m o n. This in te r activ e p r o g r a m ha s b e e n b r a nde d AIA Tr ian gl e ScaleUP . I t i s a f l e x i b l e wo r k s ho p abo ut ar ch it ectu r e th at us e s t wo i d e nt i c a l k i t s o f PVC p ar ts at d i ffer e n t s c a l e s : o ne m i ni a t ur e a nd o ne f ul l siz e. Th e p ip es an d f i t t i ng s c a n b e us e d wi th many d ifferen t cu r r i cu l um s a nd a c t i v i t i e s f o r s tude nts at all l ev el s, as w e l l a s t e a m b ui l d i ng e x e r c i se s f o r p r ofes si o n als. Si m p l e i ns t r uc t i o n s he e t s have be e n d evelo p ed fo r facil i t a t o r s , i nc l ud i ng wo r k s hee ts wi th 14

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ne e de d f undi ng to purc hase the parts. W e calcu lated o ur ne e ds at 500 l i ne ar f e e t o f f urni tu re grade PVC pi pe . Af te r a f e w te st runs wi th di f feren t classes, we de te rmi ne d the bri ght re d pi pe seemed to be a si gni f i c ant draw, ” sai d Matthe w. “ Wi th th at in min d, we re que ste d an Eme rgi ng Pro f e ssi o n als Gran t from the AIA C o l l e ge o f Fe l l o ws to he l p f un d th e in itial c o st o f the ki ts. T he c o ntri buti o n was critical to th e suc c e ss o f the pro gram. T he i ni ti al c o st of materials is si gni f i c ant, but o nc e yo u have the m the program costs ve ry l i ttl e to run. And we ’ ve ne ve r se c o n d gu essed th e re d pi pe . It stands o ut i n a c ro wd and wh en people call up to re que st the e ve nt f o r the i r sc hool th ey alw ay s re f e re nc e the re d pi pe s.” T he pro gram has l i te ral l y ‘ sc al e d up’ . “ScaleUP h as si nc e be c o me o ur maj o r o utre ac h e f f o rt,” said Emmie T yso n o f AIA T ri angl e ’ s Pre K-12 Outre a ch Task Force. “ T he pro gram te ac he s ki ds thro ugh a han ds-on project de si gne d to gi ve the m a de si gn pro blem tailored to the i r age and abi l i ty.” S he we nt o n to explain , “Th e ki ds i de ate and c re ate a ‘ ske tc h mo de l , ’ an d th en draw the de si gn o n o ur gri dde d pape r which offers u s a

AIA College of Fellows Newsletter January 2017  

The January 2017 release of the College of Fellows newsletter

AIA College of Fellows Newsletter January 2017  

The January 2017 release of the College of Fellows newsletter