An Evening of Design Exploration

January 28, 2015

Through the Boy Scouts of America and Post 616, a program called the Learning for Life’s Exploring Program provides positive and meaningful real-world career experiences and leadership development opportunities for all teenagers and young adults in their chosen field of interest within 12 career clusters including architecture. Baskervill began as a program sponsor 11 years ago with Principal Mark Larson, as a strong advocate for community outreach and student education. The program, which runs from January to March, teaches students about design through field trips, hands-on activities, and lectures.

On January 26, BCWH hosted the Explore Design Program for an evening of design thinking. Kylan Shirley presented the role of an Architect and Interior Designer in building a school, while Liz Reineberg presented the concept of Active Classrooms and Innovative Learning Environments. Kylan and Liz then led the students through a workshop that engaged the group to design different types of classrooms with agile, re-configurable furniture. The evening concluded with a group critique of each group’s final plan as well as a Q&A session with Kylan and Liz and questions about their chosen professions.

On our team collaboration, Mark Larson of Baskervill commented, “Our two offices share a heritage in this program over the last 20 years. Together, we have given about 500 area young people a look into the world of design.” The site visit to BCWH allowed students to see another office and how different teams approach the integrated design process.