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.


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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 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

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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: