The Passion of Helping Young Students Learn to Love Architecture

Today’s Topics:

  • Where did This Start for me?
  • Why am I so Eager to Help Other Students?
  • Is There an Age Limit for Learning Architecture?

Where did This Start for me?

I had an interest in architecture since I was a kid. One of the most memorable moments was learning about designing foe different climates at the National Building Museum in 3rd grade.

Going forward that propelled me into high school. I set out to take classes that would be prerequisites for me to take architecture classes in junior and senior year.

Those two years of architecture classes I learned so much and fell in love with architecture.

This excitement lead me to stay after school working on projects, and putting in extra hours to learn new things.

Why am I so Eager to Help Other Students?

Architecture is a generally small career field. There are not many programs that give students exposure to architecture in high school.

I realize how much my opportunities have helped me in my journey and I want others to realize their potential as well.

I have had the chance to speak with many prospective students, and teach many others.

The most rewarding part of this process is seeing them start with just a slight interest. Then seeing them beam with excitement about their newfound capabilities.

Is There an Age Limit for Learning Architecture?

When we’re you first introduced to architecture? What tools were you given? What got you interested, and how were you able to explore your interests.

Well this past weekend I was able to spend time with my 12 year old cousin. His interest started with video games. Every game that you play someone has likely took the time to. Computer model each map for the game, and there are a ton of objects in that.

So I thought this would be a great opportunity to help teach him about the opposite end of how games are made, ultimately how to design objects on paper, and then turn that into a computer model.

The first time I went over, I helped him with a project for school where he had to assemble a toy rocket for class. Afterwards, we then modeled the same rocket in the computer.

He was super excited to show his classmates about how he went the extra mile and did something really cool.

The first time we spent about 2 hours working on the model and helping him learn what is going on. Then the most recent time, he was enjoying it so much it was like time did not exist as he was super engaged with what he was learning to where we were working for about 5-6 hours.

Over this time we learned how to create objects at 3 scales. All things that can be found in a house. A basic pen, with all of its curves. A simple table, then a small basic house.

After making each object I could see the excitement in his eyes thinking about all of the possibilities with this. His parents would come in the room and he would be excited teach and show them about what he did.

This kind of story reminds me of how excited I was during my journey and I hope many other kids will Have more opportunities like this because it truly is fascinating.

Thanks for tuning into this weeks blog post! I really enjoy what I do in architecture, leave any questions you may have or tell someone you know that may be interested in architecture, about this blog. I’m always eager to help others. As always, Dream Big!

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

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