Luke Visiting a Buffalo Public School classroom as part of the Arch+Ed program.

Luke Visiting a Buffalo public school classroom as part of the Arch+Ed program.

CannonDesigners Luke Johnson and Cheri Weatherston have been hard at work this past year as the Buffalo Architecture Foundation’s Architecture + Education (Arch+Ed) Program Co-Chairs. Other CannonDesign volunteer architects this year were Nate Heckman and Harrison Walsh.

With more than 225 students and five Buffalo public schools involved in this unique program, everyone is looking forward to celebrating when all of the students’ work is displayed at the CEPA Gallery in downtown Buffalo on January 19.

The decade-old, award-winning Arch+Ed program was founded to increase awareness and involvement in the built and natural environment and to use architecture as a multidisciplinary form of active learning. Running biennially, the program uses architecture to teach students math, science, history, art, and technology aligned with the Common Core, while raising awareness and appreciation of the built environment. (www.buffaloarchitecture.org)

Local practicing professionals and architecture students are paired with Buffalo public school teachers for a fully comprehensive, 8-10 week collaboration where lesson plans are formed and carried out. The culmination of the student’s work is celebrated and displayed at the CEPA Gallery for everyone to enjoy.

A photo by Luke from the 2015 Arch+Ed Symposium where the architect/teacher teams met and developed lesson plans to implement in their classrooms over 8-10 weeks.

A photo from the 2015 Arch+Ed Symposium where the architect/teacher teams met and developed lesson plans to implement in their classrooms over 8-10 weeks.

Over the past 10 years, the program has been involved with 25 schools, 115 architects, and 115 classes, and over 3,500 students.

 

 

Our co-Chairs and the Arch+Ed program have garnered extremely positive local coverage. A few of these interviews and articles can be found below.

WBFO 88.7Architects lending their talents to teach city school students
“It’s a way in which we help build awareness of the built environment and also showcase architecture as a learning vehicle for a whole slew of disciplines”

Buffalo Rising#LittleArchitects’ Gallery Opening: Buffalo Architecture Foundation’s Architecture+Education
“If kids thought about architecture the same way that they thought about cooking, then we would certainly have a brighter future ahead when it comes to inventive and forward-thinking building designs.”

Buffalo NewsBuffalo Schools make push to build career and vocational programs
“Not only did that get some of her students more interested in learning science, some even started thinking about their futures.”

UBNowArchitects in the Making
“The award-winning program introduces BPS students to the discipline in a fun, hands-on way.”