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UC and Hughes Students Team Up to Design Urban Garden Pavilion


UC architecture students team with Hughes STEM High School students to design an Urban Garden Pavilion for the high school.

Date: 5/18/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Provided by David Mierke

UC ingot   Four architecture students from the University of Cincinnati’s top-ranked School of Architecture and Interior Design, part of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), are teaming with 20 Hughes STEM High School junior-level students in offering a high school design studio. The effort is known as project: spARCH.



The UC students – architecture graduate student David Mierke and three architecture cooperative education students (Tyler Gentry, Jenna Hudson, Emmy Jensen and Joe Russell) – are leading a studio with the teens. Local architects and faculty from UC have also contributed to the effort and helped guide the design process.

The studio project focuses on design thinking, the architectural design process, creativity and problem solving.

The Hughes students have taken on exercises to foster critical-thinking skills, including the challenge of creating a three-dimensional object that represented a piece of music. That exercise was comprised of some fast-paced collages and even a little dancing.

Now, students are working in groups to design a final project, an Urban Garden Pavilion for Hughes. The teens will present their design for the urban garden from 6-8:30 p.m., Friday, May 25, at the Modern Makers Gallery, 2606 Vine St. in Corryville.