Teachers from high schools around northeast Ohio were in attendance for an informational and educational workshop in preparation for the 2016 Student Model Home Design Contest, hosted by the Technology & Engineering Department at Westlake High School.
The 2016 contest marks the 19th year in which students construct scale model homes and create an architectural set of plans through computer aided design based on a certain theme. The theme for the 2016 contest is “The Great Right Sized House,” based on the style and design concepts of an architect like Sarah Susanka, whose belief is that you can include many of the amenities and features seen in large contemporary homes without the price tag that goes along with it
Presenting at the workshop were architects Eric Pempus and Jim Pinter, as well as former T & E teacher and current Oliver House CEO Victor Stefan. Instructors presenting from the teacher perspective were Jeff Bee (Kent Roosevelt High School), and Adam Purdy and Scott Kutz (both of Westlake High School).
Many of the topics discussed centered on tips and techniques to help teachers enable their students to “raise the bar” in design quality, drawing conventions and model construction. Also mentioned were how homes are currently designed with green building techniques and products, LEED standards, and energy efficiency.
Other notable teachers attending the workshop included Ryan McMonigle of Orange High School, Salman Pirzada of Auburn Career Center and Kip Shipley of the Four Cities Compact (Wadsworth). Westlake High School senior Elise Kennedy, whose team finished 3rd in the 2015 contest, also attended to pick up pointers and ask questions.