Tara & James of BDA’s Clarks Summit Office spent some time at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School as part of the Architecture in Schools program.
Supported by numerous local architectural firms in conjunction with Marywood University and the Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania AIA, the AIS program reaches several local schools and provides an opportunity to learn about architecture in a project-based experience that incorporates all disciplines into the process.
BDA has been volunteering with Architecture in Schools since 2016 and usually travels to Wyoming Seminary for the session. This year, Tara and James helped the 9th grade STEM class as they embarked on an eight week design project focusing on a design intervention to a study nook at their school. Together with the students, they discussed site analysis and surveying existing conditions – they even helped them formulate the start to their site response and development strategy. The goal was not to teach, but to facilitate learning, critical thinking and collaboration.
While there, the duo also explained a little bit about their personal path to a career in the architectural field as well as BDA’s design process and their particular roles throughout a project.