Architecture and Design Education Update

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As fall approaches, Michael Spain, the Center’s director of architecture and design education, prepares partner schools and volunteer design educators to launch the Center’s Architecture and Design Education in-class instruction program. All that planning comes on the heels of a busy spring and summer activating partnerships, spreading the word about the ADE program, and expanding the Center’s mission to provide every student access to design education.

In the spring, Michael teamed up with Laura Casaccio of Cicada to provide a 5-day design challenge for The Crefeld School’s high school students. The challenge addressed the issue of neighborhood and community with exercises that culminated in a neighborhood master plan. Students focused on the roles of designers and how to use design as a tool to impact the built environment.

As we head into September, keep an eye out for:

  • The Center’s ADE modular mobile parklet— designed and constructed as part of a partnership with the Community Design Collaborative and architecture firm Looney Ricks Kiss — will make an appearance at Parking Day 2021.
  • Speaking of Parking Day, SAVE THE DATE September 17, 2021.
  • Volunteer opportunities for individuals and firms to participate in the ADE program through in-class curriculum or Saturday workshops at the Center. Contact Michael Spain at michael@philadelphiacfa.orgfor more information.

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