Meeting With an Architect

Primary Grade students had the opportunity to meet with the co-architects of the new school’s campus. They received the latest information on construction progress, viewed a 3D model, explored a digital 3D rendering, and asked many questions.

Progress

The co-architects began by introducing themselves and explaining what their job entails. They provided insights on how the architectural work for this project unfolded.

3D Model

The co-architects explained that one of the first stages was drafting. To complete this stage, architects created a 3D model to share with the school owners. We were able to see a portion of the actual replica model that the architects created for the Magic Years community. The 3D model allows for a better visual understanding of what the school looks like and it proved to be useful for our students to get a “feel” of the new campus.

3D Model of New School

3D Model of New School

3D Renderings

Once a design has been selected the architect creates schematics of the building site. This includes every building, every floor, every room, and even the outside. They use computer software to create precise building “blueprints”.

“Blueprints” are great for architects and engineers who have spent many years studying the technical aspects of design, but for people like us it is a bit more difficult to understand. That is why architects also create 3D renderings like the images below.

Interview with the Architects

Before the meeting, the students prepared a list of questions to ask the architects. However, as the presentation went on, the children’s curiosity grew and so did their list of questions! As their understanding grew, ideas began to flow. The students used their thinking skills to provide the co-architects with feedback and suggestions on how to improve the design. Overall, it was a unique opportunity to have experts visit the students and provide real-life insight on a project.

Asking Questions to the Architect

Asking Questions to the Architect

Student Questions Included:

  • How do you become an architect and what do you need to study?
  • Will the soccer field be bigger or smaller?
  • What will be inside the library?
  • Where will each of the classrooms be?

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