OPN hosts future architects

In celebration of World Architecture Day, OPN Architects invited students ages 12 to 18 to the firm’s Cedar Rapids studio for an afternoon to get a hands-on look at architecture as a practice and a profession.

Students learned about what architects and interior designers do day-to-day, the design process and digital tools, as well as what education and skills come in handy in the profession at OPN Architects first Future Architects Day on Oct. 6.

Seventeen-year-old Calvin Ford attended the event to learn more about a career he’s considering pursuing, particularly landscape architecture.

“Our son, thoroughly enjoyed Friday afternoon at OPN,” says Calvin’s mother Sandy Ford. “He was full of excitement and stories from his time spent there.”

The afternoon ended with a design challenge. Architects worked with students to design and develop their own “big idea” for a building. The students presented their projects to a panel of OPN judges. Prizes were awarded for first through third place as well as two honorable mentions.

“We thought it was really important as students in middle school and high school that they could design what they wanted in a classroom,” said OPN’s Paul Desmond.

To watch KCRG TV-9’s coverage of the event, click on the image below.

KCRG Future Architects Day