Last Friday, Mr. Codio and Mr. Rodriguez took a few WHSAD students to glimpse the prospects of the manufacturing world. Students learned about the multitude of possibilities that lay before them after they leave WHSAD and had opportunities to interact with some of those individuals with whom our students may someday find themselves working. A trip such as this one provides opportunities not only to familiarize oneself with the latest innovations and ideas of the profession but also develop social skills that will serve well in a professional context. Below is sophomore Ariana Lowery's narrative of the day. On October 6th, a select group of students and I attended a networking mixer where we were able to meet program … [Read more...]
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WHSAD students know they have an array of opportunities to participate in community events that provide for the betterment of both students and community residents. Such a chance took place when students painted and then unveiled a mural that raises awareness for both breast cancer and domestic violence. Tasked with this important project, students produced a piece that not only meets high-quality aesthetics but also provides important inspiration for people to keep such pressing concerns in mind. Our students, once again, rose to the occasion of community engagement and illustrated some of WHSAD’s attributes of autonomous learners: reflection, goal-orientation, and effective communication. Below is Antonio Perez's and Benito Montalvo's … [Read more...]
On Saturday, September 30th, WHSAD students and staff members partnered with community volunteers in Curb Your Litter NYC. Through this collaboration, students were able to experience firsthand the litter that too often covers our streets. Students came into the event with some knowledge of the litter problem that our city has, but the experience made the issue much more palpable. As observed by sophomore Antonio Perez, " I was bewildered by the amount of Litter that is truly present in the streets. To explain the sheer massiveness of the amount of hidden litter behind cars and in alleyways would be impossible." However, students were able to see that such dilemmas are not insurmountable if a group of concerned citizens works … [Read more...]
This past weekend, a group of WHSAD students participated in a clean up of Newtown Creek. As part of WHSAD’s new community service requirement for graduation, students were able not only to act as environmental stewards but also fulfill volunteer service hours. Our students’ involvement in community projects such as these will continue to strengthen WHSAD’s commitment to both our students and our city. Below is one student’s account of the day and what he gained from the experience. On September 23rd I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in the beginning of the restoration process of Newtown Creek. Unfortunately the area surrounding Newtown Creek is all industrial and directly adjacent to the creek is a power … [Read more...]
On Thursday, September 14, WHSAD’s YPLAN students attended the Meeker Avenue Visioning Workshop co-hosted by Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, to reimagine Meeker Avenue and the parking fields underneath the BQE. Students participated in break-out sessions to discuss a variety of topics with community members, including pedestrian safety, traffic improvements, bicycle connections, public spaces, and streetscape enhancements. YPLAN students will be partnering with the New York City Department of Transportation to remodel the area and activate the space under the BQE. Click on the article below from the Queens Ledger to read more about the event and what some of our students had to say about … [Read more...]
On June 23, 2017, Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design students put their skills on display in presenting their designs for the Bushwick Hotel lobby. Focusing on aesthetics and customer service, students developed floor plans for the lobby space that will include a reception area, lounge, and restaurant. Through this project, students learned more about the design process, receiving and applying professional critiques, and presenting to a discriminating audience. The architecture firm, Gensler, provided ongoing feedback as well as the evaluation of the students' finished projects. You may download and print the press release below to learn more about this event. … [Read more...]
On Saturday, June 3, WHSAD seniors Autumn Gonzalez and Johnny Rodriguez attended the Newtown Creek Alliance’s Community Visioning Workshop with Riverkeeper to present their Apollo Street renderings to the community. Y-PLAN Environmental Science students first participated in the April 1st Apollo Street-End Clean-Up (see post), and then collaborated with NCA to envision and design a future Apollo Street using AutoCAD. The Newtown Creek Alliance is a community-based organization working to restore, reveal and revitalize Newtown Creek to its glory days as a local wildlife habitat. WHSAD looks forward to future collaborations towards making Newtown Creek a cleaner place. To learn more, click here. … [Read more...]
On Thursday, June 1st, Jalen Vasquez was awarded the 1st annual Rohan Levy Aspiring Architect Scholarship from Rohan's mother, Nadine Sylvester. Ms. Sylvester created this scholarship in memory of her late son Rohan Levy, a student at WHSAD who was fatally shot and killed in February of 2017. Rohan was an exceptional student who was attending WHSAD with aspirations of becoming an architect before his life was tragically cut short. Ms. Sylvester set up this scholarship for young men of color who have been accepted into an accredited architecture undergraduate program, have met high academic standards and have served in architecture related extra-curricular activities during their time as students at WHSAD. For every … [Read more...]
On Friday, June 2, WHSAD students presented the final plans for the architecture studio redesign project. Earlier this year, WHSAD was awarded capital funding from the office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council-member Stephen Levin. The funds will be used to modernize two classrooms into state of the art architecture studios. Celeste Ortiz, Anamaria Jovel, Joseph Lo (past intern at the Office of Topography at Borough Hall) , and Patryk Pozarlik presented the plans for redesigned studios to Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna. Groups of students at WHSAD were tasked with redesigning the studios to meet the criteria set up by the teachers and industry partners. The WHSAD school community thanks Deputy Borough … [Read more...]
During the 2016-2017 academic year, the class of 2017 at Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design collaborated with teaching artists from the Park Avenue Armory to create individual and group manifestos with Julian Rosenfeldt's exhibition "Manifesto" as their inspiration. The term manifesto is defined as a declaration of your core values and beliefs, what you stand for, and how you intend to live your life. It functions both as a statement of principles and as a call to action. The senior cohort was involved in the difficult challenge of making individual and group manifestos in addition to their normal amount of school work. These manifestos were made in the image and likeness of their creative and exceptional ideas as … [Read more...]