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Home Architecture Camp

  • 1.  Home Architecture Camp

    Posted 06-24-2020 12:56 PM
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    Home Architecture Camp

    An Educational Resource Created by AIA Cleveland


    In March of this year, we all found ourselves confronted with a new reality and were introduced to a "Stay at Home" policy for parents and children. This situation provided us with both a challenge and an opportunity. Parents were tasked to provide an educational experience with little practice and a need to entertain their children. Under these circumstances, those of us in the architecture community came to recognize that we might provide leadership in producing a resource parents could access to provide both education, as well as, entertainment. By developing such a resource, we could both contribute to young people gaining a greater appreciation and understanding of architecture. To this end, we developed an activity package and curriculum available to local communities and individuals to support the effort to educate and entertain through architecture. The document identified as the "Kid's Home Architecture Camp" was the initial launch of this idea.


    Review of the initial document by AIA National leaders resulted in the suggestion to reproduce this program as an initiative of the local chapter. Following discussions with Jodi van der Wiel, 2020 AIA Cleveland President, we began collaboration on a new version of this resource. The now titled, "Home Architecture Camp", is a more robust and inclusive document with links to videos, greater depth on subjects and more insight into the introduction to architecture.


    In developing this edition of the program, Jodi embraced the project with great enthusiasm and thought reaching out to engage others who could add more volume to the resource we have now created. With the help of additional hands, this resource can be used by school children of various ages for both entertainment and education through the lens of design thinking and architecture.


    We hope this document can be shared with parents, educators, children, architects and others interested in the built environment. We are sure people will find its broad spectrum of programs in the areas of history, design, building, sustainability, drawing, coloring and creating to be an engaging and stimulating support for stay at home education. 


    We wish to acknowledge and thank AIA Cleveland for its support of the project. We, also, wish to recognize the following contributors who have helped to make this as valuable a resource as it can be:


    Jeremy Smith, AIA of Bialosky Partners, Cleveland

    Bruce Bondy of Bondy Studio Architectural Illustrations

    Patrick Thorpe, AIA of Allegedly Design and the Florida Foundation for Architecture




    Judson A. Kline, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP           Jodi van der Wiel, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

    President CIVITAD Services, LLC                       Design Director Vocon

    AIA Cleveland/ AIA Ohio Ex-Officio                AIA Cleveland President

    Adj. Professor KSU CAED



    Jodi van der Wiel


    Design Director

    Cleveland | New York | Los Angeles


    3142 Prospect Ave.




    (216) 588-0800

    (216) 539‑1648



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  • 2.  RE: Home Architecture Camp

    Posted 06-25-2020 07:39 PM
    Those marshmallows can be a scaled equivalent to something like the Hyspan Expansion Joints for bridging. You can probably make Seismic category F if there was a tolerance of a 50 foot jiggle. Thanks for sharing the pdf.

    Seth Trotter Assoc. AIA
    Sole Proprietor
    Prescott AZ

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