Eastern Ohio Adds Architecture to SMARTS
AIA Eastern Ohio & SMARTS: Designing Communities
AIA Eastern Ohio has partnered with SMARTS, Students Motivated by the Arts, to develop a program that provides experiences and opportunities to learn about the Arts. SMARTS is a local community based art program funded through grants and donations which seeks to motivate students to succeed in life through a focus on the arts. Other programs offered by SMARTS include visual arts, music, dance, theatre and creative writing. Through the SMARTS program, any student in grades 6 through 12 in the three county Eastern Ohio area is eligible to attend the instructional session.
Through the effort of past president Denise Holt, AIA, the sessions on architecture have been developed to expand the students understanding of architecture in our communities. As part of this year’s program, AIA Eastern Ohio has developed sessions on the elements of cities. Dividing the city into a variety of building types, students have the opportunity to learn more about the buildings that architects design. The program includes the exploration of five parts of a city; row houses, churches and religious structures, sports complexes, parks and monuments, and civic buildings. The weekly sessions provide students with an overview of various buildings along with the opportunities and challenges that architect’s encounter in design. For instance, the first class learned how successful space planning is a process of multiple iterations. The program ended with a final project that brings all of the building types together into a single city plan. (See the images below)
Through SMARTS, the Eastern Ohio chapter believes that those completing the program better understand the architectural profession and the various types of architecture encountered daily. AIA EO President Chad Ramkey noted that the program has sparked an interest in architecture by those who attend the program. 2017 is the first time for the Eastern Ohio chapter to provide this program, and has planned two courses for the 2018 school year.