Don't miss this Friday's Artwalk (5:30-8:00pm) featuring an exhibit of the Eugene Architects in Schools (AiS) programs at three different sites in Downtown Eugene -- Broadway Commerce Center (44 W Broadway), Eugene Public Library (100 W 10th Ave), and The Octagon (92 E Broadway)
The Architects in Schools program matches professional architects, engineers, and design professionals with elementary school teachers for 6-week classroom residencies. Schools included Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School, Camas Ridge Community School, Holt Elementary, and McCornack Elementary.
Rowell Brokaw staff have led several AiS programs at Eugene area schools over the years including Kelly Middle School, Arts and Technology Academy and now Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School. This year Rowell Brokaw Designer, Britni Jessup, Associate AIA worked with teachers Ricardo Llamas and Yareli Montano at Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School in Eugene. Their classroom project is a temporary disaster relief shelter with regional materials, dealing with seven different disasters from around the world. Connecting design solutions to real-world problems is one of the many ways AiS residencies engage young learners.
On a related note, Rowell Brokaw Project Manager and Planning Specialist, Kaarin Knudson, Associate AIA, currently serves as board member for the Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO), which promotes the AiS program throughout Oregon. She and her husband, Patrick Hannah, AIA (also at Rowell Brokaw) have both participated in the AiS program.