Sunday, May 17, 2009

Students Win Apprenticeships

Chicago has a successful model for getting students into design - develop competitive challenges, help students learn what is needed to solve the challenges, and reward them with apprenticeships in real-world design placements.

The Newhouse Competition is part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s year-round programming for students and teachers in grades K-12 which include student field trips and tours, professional development workshops for teachers and school-based curricula.

120 prizes were awarded to Chicago Public School high school students, from freshman to seniors, at an award ceremony at Symphony Center in Chicago. The Newhouse Competition, now in its 27th year, teaches students life skills including problem solving, conceptual thinking, decision-making, and skills necessary to work in the fields related to the built environment. Student entries, completed in art and drafting classes, include architectural rendering by hand, perspective drawing, model-making, photography and rendering using AutoCAD software.

Judged by members of Chicago’s architectural and philanthropic communities, winning students were awarded paid internships in architecture firms as well as a week-long apprenticeship at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture in Spring Green, WI.

Click on the heading above to see more at their website.

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