The May Gallery exhibit at Portland’s Center for Architecture (CFA) opened to the public on May 1 at a First Thursday event. Here’s a description of the exhibit, from the AIA Portland website:
Architects in Schools Inspire Elementary Students to Design the Future
A colorful, model bridge city showing bridge styles from around the world. A vertical model city from the year 2114. And, the plan and model for creative adaptive reuse of a historic building. Designed as part of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon’s Architects in the Schools program, these student created projects and more will be on public display.
Tri-county area elementary school students will showcase projects developed
over the past few months during time spent with architects learning about
architecture. This school year, 65 elementary school classes, 49
volunteer design professionals and six University of Oregon architecture
students from Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties participated
in the Architects in Schools program. The architect and design professional
teachers represent firms from around the Portland metropolitan area.
The Architects in Schools program serves third through fifth grades and is
administered by the Architecture Foundation of Oregon. Operating in the
Portland area for more than 40 years, the program recently expanded to other
Central Oregon, Salem, Eugene, and Southern Oregon. The program is
designed to develop an awareness of architectural elements and
construction methods through classroom sessions, projects and field trips
that enhance learning in language arts, social studies, math, science and
other subjects. The content is guided by an architectural curriculum specially
prepared to create understanding and appreciation of the built environment in
which the students live, learn, and play.
⁃ That design is all around us and we make decisions every day that
affect our environment
⁃ How the subjects they study in school apply to the real world outside
⁃ That there are many people who create the spaces in which we live,
learn, work and play and some examples of their jobs, e.g., architects,
landscape architects, structural engineers, contractors and urban
⁃ Skills that help them to work better in groups, to communicate their
⁃ That designing and building spaces is a process not just a product
The exhibit will be on display at the CFA (NW 11th and Flanders) through the end of May 2014. Gallery hours are M: noon-5pm, T-F: 9am-5pm. Visit the Center for Architecture’s website at: http://cfaoregon.org/ and be sure to check out this incredible display of student work before it’s gone!