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They All Saw a Building: Designing for Everyone's Needs

From July 26-30, 2021, students from across Oregon and beyond participated in our virtual 2021 Architects in Schools Summer Camp. During this camp, students explored the world of architecture and learned how to design a building for a client with special needs.

Were you unable to register for the camp and want to participate in design activities with your family? Good news! We have made the camp content publicly available on this page for the month of August. Camp material is free and recommended for youth ages 8-12.

Each day of camp, students work through a lesson, watch a video featuring architects and design professionals, and complete a design activity or two. We have included daily bonus challenges for students who want to do more! Bonus challenges are optional and can always be completed at a later date.

We recommend students work through the content day by day and in order. Everything is self-paced, so you can take as much time as you want to work through the materials. Keep scrolling to get started!

All camp material below will remain available for the month of August. Download a list of recommended art supplies.

Day 1: Who Designs and Builds Buildings and Spaces?

Begin by downloading and printing out the Student Architect Journal. This is your student’s space to write, sketch, design, think out loud and develop numerous creative ideas for a special structure for their special client!

Download the Day 1 Lesson. This document will lead your student through camp activities for the day. We recommend students view this document digitally so they can click on the embedded web links.

During Day 1, students will learn about what architecture is and about the people who design and build the places we occupy everyday. They will take a journey through the design process by exploring the Oregon Zoo Education Center and hearing from the team of designers and builders who created the space. Students will also learn why empathy is important when designing and building spaces.

Day 1 Activity: How Do I Feel About This Environment? This activity helps students think about the space they are in and how it makes them feel. It encourages them to become aware of the built environment and then asks them to consider how another person or animal may have a much different experience in the same space. Have your student follow the Day 1 Lesson and the Student Architect Journal to complete the activity.

Looking for more architecture fun? Try out the Day 1 Bonus Challenge: “What Makes Structures Stand Up?” on page 9 of the Architect Journal.

Use this form to share your student’s work with us! bit.ly/ais21-shareyourwork

Each day of camp, we offered an optional live session for students to continue learning about design, participate in an activity and connect with architects and design professionals.

Watch the video and follow the instructions below to participate in this live activity!

Have page 10 open in your Student Architect Journal as you watch the activity portion of the live session. Listen to the activity information from Sina and then choose whether your client is Brent, Sara, Olivia, Alison or Renee. You get to be the architect AND the builder for your chosen client. Design and build a mask according to the criteria that your chosen client asked for.

You can draw the design of your mask on page 10 and also put down notes about the things your client wants on their mask. When you are ready to build, turn your paper bag inside out and ‘build’ your mask according to your design using the materials listed on page 10 of your journal – and any other materials that you have permission to use!

The design process

Watch the Day 1 video with Sina the architect and the Oregon Zoo Education Center project team!

Day 2: Designing from Many Perspectives

Download the Day 2 Lesson and have your student view it digitally so they can click on the embedded web links. This document will lead them through camp activities for the day. Remember the Student Architect Journal from Day 1? Keep it nearby. Students will use it everyday throughout the camp.

During Day 2, students will learn about perspective and how your perspective shapes your experience. Students will also learn about different architectural drawings and how architects must think of all users’ perspectives when designing a building.

Day 2 Activity: Create a Perspective Drawing. Architectural drawings are an important part of the design process. In today’s video, students will learn about these different architectural drawings and then draw their own one point perspective! Have your student follow the Day 2 Lesson and the Student Architect Journal to complete the activity.

Still want to do more? Try out the Day 2 Bonus Challenge: “A Worm’s Eye View” on page 15 of the Architect Journal.

Use this form to share your student’s work with us! bit.ly/ais21-shareyourwork

Each day of camp, we offered an optional live session for students to continue learning about design, participate in an activity and connect with architects and design professionals.

Watch the video and follow the instructions below to participate in this live activity!

Have page 16 open in your Student Architect Journal as you watch the activity portion of the live session. Listen to the activity information from Sina and then carefully answer the questions asked at the end of the video. Remember to really think about who you are as a person as you answer – not just what you want your building to look like, but what about you as a person makes you think that your roof, walls, and windows would be a certain way.

You can use page 16 to write the answers to the questions in the video and then draw the design of the façade, or front view, of your building on a separate piece of paper. Color your façade and really think about how the colors, materials, and lighting on the front of your building reflect who you are.

 

One-point perspective drawing

Watch the Day 2 video with architects and designers Sina, Crystal and Johann!

Day 3: Empathy & Inclusion in Design

Download the Day 3 Lesson and have your student view it digitally so they can click on the embedded web links. This document will lead them through camp activities for the day. Be sure to have the Student Architect Journal from Day 1 nearby.

During Day 3, students will pick their very own special client that they will be designing and building a model of a special structure for. They will continue working through the design process and really think about their client’s needs and how to serve those needs through design.

Day 3 Activity: Design Development Sheet. Students will discover and research more about their special client. The Design Development Sheet will then act as their criteria for the design and construction of a special structure for their client. Have your student follow the Day 3 Lesson and the Student Architect Journal to complete the activity.

Excited about today’s lesson? Try out the Day 3 Bonus Challenge: “Neighborhood ‘I Spy'” on page 26 of the Architect Journal.

Use this form to share your student’s work with us! bit.ly/ais21-shareyourwork

Each day of camp, we offered an optional live session for students to continue learning about design, participate in an activity and connect with architects and design professionals.

Watch the video and follow the instructions below to participate in this live activity!

Use page 23 and 27 in your Student Architect Journal as you watch the activity portion of the live session. Listen to the activity information from Crystal and then work to finish your floor plan for your special client if you already started, or start it if you haven’t begun yet. Think about the spaces you listed on your Design Development Sheet that your client would need for the activities they like to do. Include those in your floor plan!

You can use page 23 and/or 27 in your journal to draw floor plans for your client, or you can use a separate piece of graph paper.

If you want, watch the Midweek Check-in at the end of the video. You may find that any questions you have about camp are answered! If you still have more questions, contact Kim and Candice (kim@af-oregon.org & candice@af-oregon.org).

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Watch the Day 3 video with Sina the architect!

Day 4: A Place for All

Download the Day 4 Lesson and have your student view it digitally so they can click on the embedded web links. This document will lead them through camp activities for the day. Be sure to have the Student Architect Journal from Day 1 nearby.

During Day 4, students will continue designing a special structure for their special client. They will begin to think about what the façade of their structure will look like and how they will make their client structure safe and comfortable for people of all abilities.

Day 4 Activity: Draw a Façade. Using their Design Development Sheet from Day 3, students will think about how their client structure looks and how it is accessed. How do you enter the structure? What kinds of materials is it made of? How will you make sure it is equitable, safe and inclusive of everyone? Have your student follow the Day 4 Lesson and the Student Architect Journal to complete the activity.

Try out the Day 4 Bonus Challenge: “Fort Construction!” on page 32 of the Architect Journal.

Use this form to share your student’s work with us! bit.ly/ais21-shareyourwork

Each day of camp, we offered an optional live session for students to continue learning about design, participate in an activity and connect with architects and design professionals.

Watch the video and follow the instructions below to participate in this live activity!

Have page 33 open in your Student Architect Journal as you watch the live session. Listen to the modeling tips from Alison and write any notes in your journal. Be creative with the way you represent different architectural features and furniture! Use some of Alison’s ideas, tips and tricks to inspire your client model. And, as you are building, come up with some of your own tips and tricks as well.

Remember to continue referencing your Design Development Sheet, floor plan, and façade drawing to inform how your client model will look and feel. Always keep your client’s wants and needs in mind!

Ed Roberts Library, Berkeley, CA

Watch the Day 4 video with architects Sina and Alison!

Day 5: Build a Model of Your Design!

You made it to the final day of camp! Download the Day 5 Lesson and have your student view it digitally so they can click on the embedded web links. This document will lead them through camp activities for the day. Be sure to have the Student Architect Journal from Day 1 nearby.

During Day 5, students will spend most of the day constructing a three-dimensional model of their structure for their special client. They will also reflect on everything they learned throughout the camp including what architecture is and what architects do, how empathy is a part of the design process, and why it is important to create equitable and inclusive places.

Day 5 Activity: Build a Model of Your Design! Students will construct a 3D model of their client structure. Get creative with the supplies you have! Gather any recycled materials, paper, and arts and craft supplies that students can use for their model. Have them follow the Day 5 Lesson and the Student Architect Journal to complete the activity.

Did your student love constructing a model? This challenge is for them! Check out the Day 5 Bonus Challenge: “Continue Designing & Building!” on page 37 of the Architect Journal.

Use this form to share your student’s work with us! bit.ly/ais21-shareyourwork

Watch the Day 5 video with Sina the architect!

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Questions?

Contact:
Kim Ruthardt Knowles
Associate Director, Architects in Schools
kim@af-oregon.org
503-317-7537

Candice Agahan
Education Program Manager
candice@af-oregon.org
503-542-3823