An architect spends at least four years in college followed by hundreds if not thousands more hours studying for a series of exams before they are granted licensure. Being an architect for a day, though, that’s a dream more easily granted.
On Oct. 19, in celebration of World Architecture Day, OPN Architects invites high school students – in grades nine through 12 – to spend the afternoon at the firm’s Cedar Rapids studio, 200 Fifth Ave. SE, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. to get a hands-on look at architecture as a practice and a profession.
As a practice, architecture marries many in-demand skills such as critical thinking, creativity, math, science, public speaking, and problem solving. As a profession, students will learn about what architects and interior designers do day-to-day, the design process and digital tools, as well as required education and skills.
The afternoon will end with a design challenge. Architects work with students to design and develop their own “big idea” for a building. Concepts will be judged by a panel of OPN architects, and prizes will be awarded.
There is no cost to attend; space is limited to 25 students. Sign up is required by Oct. 17.
For more information, call OPN’s Marketing Director Carly Weber at (319) 363-6018.