Westlake Student Reaches Architectural Finals

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CalCravenThe Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has announced 10 finalists in its DiscoverDesign.org National High School Architecture Competition. Westlake, OH student, Cal Craven of Westlake High School is among the finalists who submitted design projects to redesign their high school athletic pavilions to promote healthy lifestyles.

Cal is sponsored by teacher Scott Kutz. A jury team of 35 architects, engineers and designers from across the country evaluated the entries. The winner will be announced June 12 and will win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Chicago’s amazing architectural legacy. All 10 finalist projects can be seen at DiscoverDesign.org/competition2014.

CAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in

architecture. In January 2012, it launched DiscoverDesign.org, a unique web-based learning tool that gives high school students the opportunity to solve real-world design problems. Through project-based learning and social networking, students are connected with professional architects and engineers, allowing for real interaction and professional feedback during every step of their design process.

To help inspire kids to get involved with design and creative problem solving, CAF announced

the national architecture competition and received an overwhelming response. Representing 29 high schools in 12 states, 219 teens submitted design projects to redesign their school athletic pavilion to promote healthy lifestyles.

“In our third year of the national competition, we are still impressed by the work these teens

bring us through the competition.” said Laura Stamatkin, CAF coordinator of teen engagement and competition organizer. “Many of the architects participating on the jury could not believe the work was all completed at the high school level. The sophosticated level of design thinking submitted by high schools students across the country is inspiring and we’re pleased to be a part of their learning process and foster 21st century skills with DiscoverDesign.org.”

The final 10 projects will now be judged by a round two jury including the Director of Design at HOK, Vice President at Thornton Tomasetti, an architect with Incite Design Studio and thearchitect and founder of Black Spectacles.

The winner will be announced on June 12.

The other six finalists are from: Brooklyn, NY; Las Vegas, NV; Cupertino, CA; North Bergen, NJ;

Washington, DC; and Dobbs Ferry, NY.

DiscoverDesign.org was awarded a 2013 AIA National Honor Award for Collaborative

Achievement. The award recognizes the distinguished achievements of organizations, knowledge communities and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.

DiscoverDesign.org complements the CAF high school textbook and teacher guide, The

Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings. It is the first high school

architecture textbook published in the U.S. Created in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, educators and students in 48 states and 17 countries currently use the handbook. In 2009, it earned a national honor award from the AIA.

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