Students Collaborate with Architects on Culinary Arts Center DesignSep 15, 2015 -
Architecture firm provides vocational training for disadvantaged teenagers.
Arkitecton. Greek for “chief builder,” the word precedes our own “architect”. Chief builders design buildings and entire cities, creating the spaces we all occupy. This respected profession, however, is often difficult for disadvantaged teens to enter into.
Architecture 4 Education (A4E) knows this. That’s one reason the firm engages students in the collaborative design process. A4E provided the conceptual design for Boys Republic’s new Max L. Scott Culinary Arts Center, and they invited at-risk students to help with the project.
Small classes introduced students to the basic building blocks of architecture. Students practiced reading the floorplans of the kitchen—a building where they eat, work and learn daily. Then the students measured the kitchen and recorded the results. Their as-builts informed the architects of the existing kitchen’s every inch.
From introductory classes to conceptual meetings, A4E added architecture to the swath of student job training at Boys Republic. And as students gave valuable input to A4E’s partners so they could design to meet student needs, the firm exposed them to the esteemed profession. A4E showed the disadvantaged teens that they, too, can become chief builders.