Architecture + Education:  
An In-Schools Program in partnership with Buffalo Public Schools

The award winning Architecture + Education (A+E) program brings over a decade of momentum and successful public outreach. Architecture + Education (A+E) was founded to increases awareness and involvement in the built and natural environment and to use architecture as a multidisciplinary form of active learning. Beginning by offering a series of workshops to Architects, A+E has grown its focus to provide a strong program that brings together Buffalo Public School children, teachers, University at Buffalo students, and volunteer architects working collaboratively.


Since 2007, the A+E program has been designed around the Joint Schools Construction Program, a multi-phase, multibillion renovation and rejuvenation of the Buffalo Public Schools. Running biennially, the Architecture + Edu"pcation Program uses architecture to teach students math, science, history, art, and technology within the New York State curriculum, while raising awareness and appreciation of the built environment. Children are introduced to the profession of achitecture, local practicing professionals, and the distinctive way of viewing the world and tackling problems through architecture as the tool.


Over the past twelve years, the program has been involved with 12 schools, 71 architects, and 62 classes, and over 1,500 students. Architecture + Education was awarded the Corporate Silver Award of the 2007 Commitment to Education Awards from the Buffalo Alliance for Education and has been the recipient of grants from the New York State Council of the Arts, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Community Grants. The program has recently started to collaborate with Young Audiences of Western New York to reach more schools and students throughout the area.

Program Structure

Pre-Symposium Meeting
The meeting will outline the A+E Program, its history,  and the time commitments/ benefits for potential volunteer architects and classroom teachers.  There will be light refreshments provided.

Symposium
The project is kicked off with a day-long symposium for all participants, including volunteer architects, University at Buffalo students, and Buffalo Public School teachers. All participants become “students for the day” exploring architectural principles and concepts through a series of lessons and activities. The symposium concludes with the architect/teacher teams developing unique lesson plans that will be implemented in the classroom over the next 8-10 weeks.

In-Class Sessions
During the 8-10 in-class sessions, architects and UB students lead classroom discussions about the profession of architecture and how it relates to the topic that the students will be focusing on. Each class, the architect teaches a short lesson, and the students complete an activity related to the lesson and overall project. Most of the activities are hands on and encourage students to creatively explore the task. Each lesson is built off of the last, so that in the end of the 8-10 weeks, the students have produced tangible projects that show their process and progress for learning.

Evaluation
Each student participant completes pre and post surveys to collect data about the vocabulary and architectural knowledge of the students. Additionally, the teachers complete case studies of four students during the project. The case studies focus on participation, understanding, creativity and ability to transfer learning to other areas by students of various achievement levels.

Exhibit
The culmination of the program is a public exhibit of the students’ work held at the CEPA gallery. This has been a great source of pride for students, parents, teachers and architects alike. The students cannot help but be inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment of the Architecture + Education program’s volunteers, participants, and partners. Buffalo Public Schools is a key partner and provides support for teachers to participate. Many local firms and businesses have also donated time, supplies, and financial resources. This program is unique in its breadth, adaptability to different teaching objectives, and the final products.

Volunteer                                                     

The Architecture + Education Program offers design professionals a unique opportunity to collaborate with creative educators, to engage school-age children with architecture and to develop innovative curricula.   Participating architects will have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits and interns will be able to gain Internship Development Program (IDP) Professional and Community Service hours. 
To volunteer, or request more information, please contact Architect Liasion, Luke Johnson, or Program Chair, Linsey Graff

 

Past Program Participants

2013 Program

Participating Schools:
# 67 - Discovery School
# 64 - Frederick Law Olmsted (Elementary)
# 53 - Community School
# 81 - Buffalo Public School
# 192 - BAVPA
# 156 - Frederick Law Olmsted (Upper)

Volunteer Architects: Courtney Creenan, Christina Weber, Danielle Johnson, Dan Chorley, Cheri Weatherston, Joe Dorobiala, Mark Nowczyk, Brian Swartz, Amy McGee, Bob Palgutt, Manny Rivera, Alex Nowak, Rob Szudzik, Mike LaValley, Audrey Ross Sanders, LaLuce Mitchell, Shawn Faulkner, Melissa Fox, Bhakti Sharma and Gina Neureuther (Martin House Education Coordinator)

Participating UB Students: Alyssa Phelps, Kristen Gabriele, Olivia Arcara, Micaela Barker, Priya Panse, Ryan Hughes, Trenton Van Epps, Olga Lyubezhanin, Jan Poness and Darcy Engle (Buffalo State College)

2011 Program

Participating Schools:
# 67 - Discovery School
# 64 - Frederick Law Olmsted (Elementary)
# 53 - Community School
# 192 - BAVPA
# 198 - International Preparatory

Volunteer Architects: Brian Swartz, Madelyn McClellan, Wendy Manhardt, Cesar Cedano, Kristine Kemmis, Stephanie Vito, Paul Dudkowski, Darrell Rowser, Ochuko Edema, Michele Han, Paul Kinney, Penny Armitage, Paul Murawski, Luke Johnson, Kathy Callesto, Jacqueline Reinhard, and Audrey Ross Sanders.

Participating UB Students: Robert Garlow, Greg Andriano, Lauren Massari, Kevin Perreira, Sampada Pulekar, Daryl Ryan, George Behn, Kristen Gabriel, Justina Zifchock, and Kathy Yuen

2009 Program

Participating Schools:
# 67 - Discovery School
# 64 - Frederick Law Olmsted (Elementary)
# 95 - Waterfront Elementary School

Volunteer Architects: Kenneth Schmitz, Jeffery Coutch, Gerland Strickland, Julia Ahlet, Debbie Pease, Chris Less, Ben Siegel, Kimberly Williams, Matt Zinski, Manuel Rivera, Stephanie Goris, Seth Amman, Felicia Ridgeway, Carly Rugg, Jane Siebert, Matthew Owczarczak, Rishawn Sonubi, Rich Nardini, and Michael Watson, and Paul Murrett

Participating UB Students: Adam Feit, Satish Shivram, Linsey Graff, Jonathon White, Jamie Yengel, and Michelle Muhlbauer

2007 Program

Participating Schools:
# 67 - Discovery School
# 304 - Hutchinson Technical High School
# 192 - BAVPA
# 95 - Waterfront Elementary School

Volunteer Architects: Melissa Cameron, Scott Kuebler, Paul McDonnell, Jerry Young, David Misenheimer, Erika Abbondanzieri, Melissa Delmonte, Joy Kuebler, Ted Fyda, James Lai, Don Gray, Dan Keefe, Gerald Strickland, Chris Guerra, Jefferey Coutch, Edward Watts Jr., and Tracy Coniser

Participating UB Students: Swapnil Ukey, Erin Rossier, Kirk Miller, Tesia Walsky, Anne Elrod, Haleh Mousavi, and Nicole Crapez

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