The AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee completed a successful pilot program for a new Architect in Schools initiative for AIA Chicago! CIC Co-chairs Kaitlin Streyle of Muller+Muller and Alexis Stumpf of Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, Maya Bird-Murphy of Landon Bone Baker Architects, Eunkyu Choi of Gensler, Matthew McGrane of FARR, Chey Hsiao Taylor of SMNG A, and Allison Garwood Freedland of AIA Chicago led a class of eighth graders at Cameron Elementary School through a series of design exercises, ranging from sketching to neighborhood analysis, culminating in student-led proposals for design interventions in their community. With additional assistance from their dedicated teacher, Ms. Lahnna Addington, the program introduced students to design thinking, and sought to inspire them to look critically at the world around them and to empower them to effect positive change. For their final presentations, the Cameron Elementary School students prepared thoughtful statements about their Humboldt Park neighborhood and presented their proposals for desired safe study and play places to Alderman Roberto Maldonado and Principal Stephen Harden. Their ideas sparked an impassioned conversation about neighborhood safety and a commitment from the Alderman to facilitate community communication with the Chicago Police Department.
See photos from the 6 week program on CIC Picasa!