Perpich Center for Arts Education

The Architecture in the Schools committee has a long-standing partnership the with Perpich Center, with volunteers teaching a multiple-week session to high school students as an introduction to architecture. The sessions involve various lessons and exercises leading up to a final project.

The 2014 program kicked off with a tour of the Guthrie; topics such as drawing, scale, proportion, rhythm, and sequence prepared students for the final project, which was to create their own studio space based on their discipline of study. After the projects were completed, volunteers returned to Perpich to see the students present their work and provide a critique session.

FAIR School program

The committee has organized and led several courses for students in third grade and ninth grade at the downtown FAIR school. In the spring of 2014, the committee expanded this partnership to the FAIR School’s Crystal campus, helping to lead an intensive three-week mathematics course for seventh grade students. The course involves students field measuring a courtyard on campus and then designing, drawing, and modeling the space based on their concepts.

Hale School, Minneapolis

In 2014 the Architecture in the Schools committee assisted third graders as they designed their own houses and built models of their concepts. The students then planned a model community incorporating their houses and other buildings.

Marcy School, Minneapolis

In 2013 and 2014, the committee introduced high school students to the fundamental concepts of architecture through lecture, hands-on activities, and architecture-related games.

Highview Alternative School, Golden Valley

In 2014 the committee worked with nontraditional students seeking their GEDs to introduce concepts of architecture through lecture, a bridge-building project, and architecture-related games.