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Educating The Next Generation of Modernist Architects

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Over the past two weeks, North Carolina Modernist Houses’ Project BauHow gave away 200 CAD systems to rural high school students – powerful desktop computer and monitors they get to take home and keep. As a result, students can practice CAD all they want. Later, with class instruction, they will test their knowledge through an NCMH design competition featuring a Modernist house project.

Winners at each BauHow school also receive a scholarship to the NC State University College of Design’s Design Camp next summer.

“And, wow, are they ever pumped about NC State,” said NCMH executive director George Smart, who has posted videos of the students’ comments and excitement on the NCMH Vimeo site, with profiles on six of this year’s 11 Project BauHow Schools:

“High school drafting students are the future of North Carolina architecture,” Smart said. “it is critical that they get better opportunities to learn and master CAD [computer aided design] software. Up to 60 percent of rural North Carolina high school students are in families without the means to provide a CAD-level computer at home. Yet for students interested in a career in architecture, or any kind of professional design, high school drafting classes simply can’t provide enough class time to achieve the proficiency, or portfolios, required for college. This severely limits career opportunities especially in rural areas.”

Project BauHow provides computer and software access so that drafting teachers and give students meaningful homework assignments. “It also encourages and rewards the study and creation of Modernist residential design through the design competition,” Smart noted.

For complete information on Project BauHow, go to www.ncmodernist.org/bauhow. To see the list of schools participating in this school year’s initiative, go to www.ncmodernist.org/bauhow2016.

redchair smAbout NC Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org. Find NCMH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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Project BauHow Supports Nine Rural NC High Schools This Year with Computers, CAD Systems

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Jacob Dillingham of Newton-Conover High School received a Project BauHow scholarship to NC State University’s Design Camp this summer after winning his school’s design competition.

initiative Project BauHow (Bauhaus + Know-How) will support 200 9th through 11th graders in rural North Carolina high schools this fall by providing free computer systems with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.

This is the third year NCMH’s Project BauHow has donated CAD systems to rural high school drafting classes.

“High school drafting students are the future of architecture,” said NCMH founder and director George Smart. “It is critical that they get better opportunities to learn and master CAD software. Yet most rural North Carolina’s high school drafting students are in families without a powerful, CAD-level computer at home.”

For students interested in a career in architecture, high school drafting classes can’t provide enough class time to achieve the proficiency (or portfolios) required for college. A home system is essential.

The 2015-2016 Project BauHow teachers and schools across North Carolina are:

  • ·       Monica Whitehead, Scotland High School, Laurinburg
  • ·       Kathy Wright, West Montgomery High School, Mount Gilead
  • ·       Daron Atkins, North Surry High School, Mount Airy
  • ·       Mike Brumble, Eastern Alamance High School, Mebane
  • ·       Stephen Herrington, Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville
  • ·       Lori Bostic, Wallace-Rose Hill High School, Teachey
  • ·       Douglas Lewis, Corinth Holders High School, Wendell
  • ·       Steve Brucker, Newton-Conover High School, Newton
  • ·       Tara Barthelmess, Rolesville High School, Rolesville

Later in the school year, the students will test their accomplishments by competing in an NCMH-sponsored design competition. One winner from each school receives a full scholarship to North Carolina State University’s summer Design Camp.


 

What do the teachers and principals think of Project BauHow? Watch their videos and others at: 

http://www.ncmodernist.org/bauhow2015.htm.


 

For more information on NCMH, go to www.ncmodernist.org.


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Restoring Cities and Nature: Raleigh Architect Frank Harmon To Address Seattle AIA

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Raleigh architect and educator Frank Harmon, FAIA, will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 Residential Design Forum presented by the American Institute of Architects Seattle, WA., chapter (AIA Seattle) on Monday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Harmon, principal and founder of the award-winning firm Frank Harmon Architect PA, has designed sustainable modern buildings across the Southeast for 30 years. His work engages pressing contemporary issues such as place-less-ness, sustainability and restoring cities and nature.

His buildings recall the materials of their region, from using hurricane-felled cypress and rock from local quarries to connect the structure to its landscape. The airy breezeways, outdoor living spaces, deep overhangs, and wide lawns embody the romanticism of the South while maintaining a distinguished modernism.

A graduate of the Architectural Association in London, he is a Professor-in-Practice at the NC State University College of Design, he has taught at the Architectural Association, and he has been a visiting critic at Harvard, the University of Virginia, and the Rural Studio at Auburn University.

n 2013, Harmon received the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NC), the highest honor bestowed upon a North Carolina architect. He holds numerous awards recognizing his contributions to design and sustainability, and his firm has been included in Architect magazine’s “Top 50″ list three times.

As a noted writer and illustrator, his recent project, Native Places, uses hand-drawn sketches and mini-essays to examine the relationship between nature and built structures. He is a primary contributor to Activate 14, an AIA NC initiative to educate the public on the benefits of good design and sustainability through a series of summer events and design competitions.

Harmon’s presentation will take place at Exchange Building Suite 410, 821 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information: http://spacecityseattle.org/.

For more information on Frank Harmon, visit www.frankharmon.com.

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Frank Harmon, FAIA

About Frank Harmon:

Frank Harmon, FAIA, is principal of the multi-award-winning firm Frank Harmon Architect PA in Raleigh, NC, a Professor in Practice at NC State University’s College of Design, and the 2013 winner of AIA North Carolina’s F. Carter Williams Gold Medal, the highest honor presented by the Chapter to an AIA NC member to recognize a distinguished career and extraordinary accomplishments as an architect. In 2010 Harmon was included in Residential Architect’s inaugural “RA 50: The Short List of Architects We Love.” In 2013, his firm was ranked 21st among the top 50 firms in the nation by Architect Magazine. Frank Harmon is also the author and illustrator for NativePlaces.org, a series in which he uses hand-drawn sketches and mini-essays to examine the relationship between nature and built structures. For more information: www.frankharmon.com. Contact information: frank@frankharmon.com;919.829.9464; 14 East Peace Street, Raleigh, NC 27604.


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NCMH Now Accepting Applications For Project BauHow 2015-2016

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North Carolina high schools that offer drafting classes to 9th and 10th graders are invited to apply for CAD computers.

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) announced today at the Wake County Schools Design Blitz that it is accepting applications from public high schools statewide for its 2015-2016 educational initiative, Project BauHow.

NCMH’s Project BauHow (Bauhaus + Know-how) supports high school education Project BauHowby providing desktop computer-aided design (CAD) computer systems and software to ninth and tenth graders in drafting classes in rural North Carolina.

Drafting classes are imperative for students who are interested in pursuing careers in architecture (among other professions). Yet, as NCMH Director George Smart explains, “Depending on their locations, up to 60 percent of North Carolina high school students are in families without the means to provide a CAD-level computer at home. For students who are interested in careers in architecture, or any kind of professional design, high school drafting classes simply can’t provide enough class time to achieve the proficiency, or portfolios, required for college. This severely limits their career opportunities, especially in rural areas.”

With these donated computer systems, drafting teachers can assign homework and students can practice CAD at home as much as they want.

Click here to view a video about Project BauHow from Douglas Bird High School in Fayetteville, a 2015 Project BauHow school.

Later, with class instruction, students will test their knowledge through an NCMH-sponsored design competition. The winner from each Project BauHow school receives a scholarship to North Carolina State University’s highly regarded summer Design Camp in Raleigh.

Project BauHow schools are selected based on location and need, availability of drafting classes for 9th and 10th grade students, and drafting teacher initiative. The drafting teacher determines which students will receive the CAD systems for home use. Assignments are submitted on USB sticks so students do not need Internet access at home.

The 2015-2016 application forms are available on the NCMH website at www.ncmodernist.org/bauhow. Click on “2016 School Application.” The deadline for applying is May 15, but Smart encourages interested high schools to apply as soon as possible.

For more information on Project BauHow, including past recipients, visit www.ncmodernist.org/bauhow.

redchair smAbout North Carolina Modernist Houses:  

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art.” For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.