Architects in Schools Exhibition!

Last Thursday I had the tremendous opportunity to volunteer for the Architecture Foundation of Oregon‘s Architects in Schools First Thursday opening at PLACE.  The design firm was one of five locations hosting an exhibition of the student work, including Pioneer Place, Opsis, PLACE, JE Dunn, and DOWA-IBI Group.  Beginning in 1970, the Architects in Schools program pairs design professionals with classroom teachers, third through fifth grade, for a six week residency.  The professionals work with the students, teaching design, engineering, construction, planning, sustainability, and other principles that connect with statewide learning goals.  At the end of the residency, the work is exhibited to the public!  And YOU get to see it!

This year, the program reached 3,800 students in Portland, Eugene, Ashland, Salem, and Bend.  Watch the video below for a full recap of the program, and see just how valuable it is:

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I stopped by Pioneer Place to check out even more of the work over the weekend (spoiler alert: it’s incredible!)  The volunteers this year did a stellar job, as always, and the kids really knocked their projects out of the park.  I’ve included some images below of the exhibit at Pioneer Place.  (Lower level in a vacant suite across from H&M, if you’re interested.)  Enjoy!  If you want to see the work in person, there’s still time!  The exhibits will be up through the following dates:

  • Pioneer Place // May 13
  • PLACE // May 16
  • JE Dunn // May 16
  • DOWA-IBI // May 23
  • Opsis // May 23

And if you haven’t already, please consider donating to AFO to support this wonderful cause!

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Image by John Maternoski / Portland Design Events

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