Since July 7th, twenty-two middle and high school students have been studying architecture at the annual Architecture Discovery Camp hosted by Doña Ana Community College . Students have visited locations in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Bandalier National Monument to see structures and examine their unique features and design. Interspersed between these visits, campers heard about the design process, design principles, sustainable design, and the relationship between buildings and the environment. All of these experiences were building toward an authentic project; designing a visitors center for the newly designated Organ Mountain National Park.
Since Monday, students have worked in pairs and small groups, utilizing the design process, and interacting with engineers leading to their culmination concept presentation Friday, July 18. From the concepts, students will create a 3-D model of their building and present to their peers, their ideas and considerations. I am thankful for the architects and engineers who have donated their time to work with these middle and high school students. Instructors from New Mexico State University, Texas Tech and DACC have worked together to make this a wonderful opportunity for campers to experience the design process. I look forward to seeing what they create.
Hopefully within this group is another Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei, Louis Sullivan, Maya Lin, or Santiago Calatrava.