Impact the Future - Architecture Club


2016 – 2017 Program

This program, an initiative of the Westchester Hudson Valley American Institute of Architects, looks optimistically towards a future for our profession that is diverse, inclusive and truly representative of the society which we serve.

This year, our Chapter’s dormant urban after-school enrichment program, which ran for 6 years at the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in downtown Yonkers, has been restarted at the Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx. The kids participating in this “Architecture Club” are in the 6th through 12th grades, so we have been developing a more substantive curriculum as well as mentoring those interested in applying to Architecture School and pursuing careers in Architecture.  

Over the course of the school year we are running 28 sessions, all taught by volunteer Architects from our Chapter.  The attached material is a class by class record of our session content, projects and field trips for the first half of the current school year.

Architecture Club Session Topics:

  • Program Introduction
  • Plans, sections and elevations
  • Measurement and drawing plans to scale
  • The nature of masonry architecture
  • The nature of steel architecture
  • Field trip to the LEED Silver Bronx Central Library led by Richard Dattner
  • An introduction to model making
  • SketchUp training
  • Light in architecture
  • Field House design
  • Upcoming sessions will involve a studio project designing a Field House for the school

Mt. St. Michael Academy Leaders

  • Peter Corritori, President and CEO
  • Brother Steve Schlitte, Principal
  • James Hage, Program coordinator

AIA Westchester Hudson Valley Volunteer Teachers

  • Raymond Beeler AIA, Program Director
  • John Fry AIA
  • Jane Greenwood AIA
  • Sara Jazayeri AIA
  • Heike Schneider AIA
  • Rob Texiera Assoc. AIA

We'll be posting lesson examples on The Hub for member use. Feel free to contact the Chapter Office with questions or interest in participation with these efforts. 

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