Evan Eagle and Heather Wehby began volunteering for Architecture by Children as an extension of glaserwork's relationship with Cincinnati Public Schools. Beside the satisfaction of volunteering for the good of the community, this allows them the opportunity to work with their own children's school and classmates.
The Cincinnati AIA's Architecture by Children (ABC) program provides an opportunity for children in grades K-12 to learn about architecture directly from local architects & designers. AIA Cincinnati administers this free educational outreach program in partnership with the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati. It brings a fun and engaging educational experience to as many as 2,000 children throughout the Cincinnati metropolitan area annually.
Through ABC, AIA Cincinnati aims to educate our community about the value of the architect's role, and how architects' work affects our lives through the design and development of our shared environment. Students are given an opportunity to connect skills learned in the standard curriculum to real-world problem solving through the conceptualization, design and presentation of a themed building project. Benefits for the students include creative expression, the chance to improve self-esteem and communication skills, and an enhanced appreciation of the built environment. Benefits to our community include an increasingly aware populace, willing to support good, sustainable design into the future.