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Northeast Times | October 21, 2021

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KISD: Architects Visit Cti Students To Kick Off Design Project

KISD: Architects Visit Cti Students To Kick Off Design Project

Students at Chisholm Trail Intermediate School were challenged by their teachers to design a new cafeteria for their school, and VLK Architects visited the campus on January 15 to help kick off the project.

More than 400 students gathered in the current cafeteria to consider the possibilities for the future. Professional architects from VLK led students through the initial planning aspects of design and helped students created their own “field notes” to start their lesson unit.

After visualizing various elements, students worked together in pairs to make plans for their project. Ken Hutchens, Principal of Creative at VLK, shared aspects of architecture for students to consider incorporating in their design such as volume, light, and furniture. Critical understanding of both scale and proportion were discussed.

“Today, I shared my passion about architecture with fifth-grade students, and I talked about how they can change their learning environment,” Hutchens said. “It was in the fifth grade that I realized I wanted to become an architect, so this experience was both cool and rewarding.”
In the coming weeks, students will use geometry and measurement to create a mockup of the cafeteria they prefer for the future. Students will not be limited to a set of prescribed materials, but will rather be tasked with finding and using the mediums that best depict their ideas.

“I am honored to get to be a part of this learning process, said Dr. Dalane Bouillion, VLK Architects Principal and Educational Planner. “The teachers in Keller ISD realize the value of real-world problems to provide the relevance needed for a powerful lesson. Getting to return to my roots in education is both humbling and exhilarating.”

VLK Architects will provide feedback to students on their mockups, after completion.