Monday, September 20, 2010

2010 TSA Associate Special Merit Award: "Exploring Architecture" Program

Brandon Allen, Assoc. AIA, Mark Trance, Assoc. AIA, Grant Libby, Assoc. AIA, Amelia Potee, Assoc. AIA, and Alberto Zamora

"Sometimes architectural DNA can show itself in such a way that you just have to stop and watch it unfold. In this case, it is a group of architectural interns who have developed the Exploring Architecture program in Fort Worth. From curriculum to mentorship, these associates have developed a program that engages and challenges high school students who have an interest in the architectural profession," states AIA Fort Worth President Paul M. Dennehy, AIA.

The Texas Society of Architects|AIA has awarded the 2010 Associate Special Merit Award to the "Exploring Architecture" program developed by the AIA Fort Worth Associates Forum. The award will be presented during the TSA Convention in San Antonio, Oct. 14-16, 2010.
Exploring Architecture is a mentorship program started by AIA Associate members to provide high school junior and senior students interested in architecture the opportunity to experience the profession through a dynamic, open, and informal environment supported by the people in the community.
Students are required to submit an application, an essay, and a recommendation letter. Volunteers then meet and deliberate on who will qualify for the program.
The program consists of eight weekly engagements, each highlighting the different disciplines that evolve around architecture. With the support of the AIA and local professionals, the Exploring Architecture program began in the fall of 2009.

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