WSP Civil Engineer, Brendan Smith, provides an overview of the firm's work on the LaGuardia Airport project. This summer, WHSAD students who have been participating in the SYEP Career Clue program have been granted several opportunities to travel to various firms to meet with architects, construction managers, engineers, and other professionals who work in the building process. These trips have provided students with insights as to what it takes to succeed in such firms, the collaborative processes involved in designing structures, and the need to approach projects with an open-mind and creative vision. All of these experiences have been possible due to the support of the Salvadori Center and its teachers, Roxanne Mejia, Lauren … [Read more...]
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Turner Engineer, Christina Arbor, introduces an activity that had students designing a school campus that meets both LEED certification and stays on budget. On Thursday, July 25th WHSAD students visited the construction site of the Columbia University expansion. Perhaps the most interesting part of the experience was what the employees of Turner had to say. Most of what was said was not only surprising to all the students but also extremely important given the status of the Earth and its ongoing struggle with climate change. Turner recognizes this struggle and works directly to combat this issue. Since 2008, Turner has been ranked as number one among the country’s green contractors by Engineering News-Record. Turner has completed more … [Read more...]
WHSAD Students interviewing a panel of several accomplished Perkins Eastman architects. On Thursday, July 18th students from WHSAD were granted the opportunity to visit Perkins Eastman. The students who visited ranged from several backgrounds, most had never been on a visit to an architectural-based design firm before, whereas others had done so numerous times, myself included. Despite the fact that I've seen several firms before, the visit to Perkins Eastman was unlike any other previous one. It stood out in almost every aspect. As soon as we entered [Perkins Eastman] everyone was extremely hospitable. The reason for this became apparent later on in the day when we were told that the core principal of the firm is being Human by Design. … [Read more...]
Students watching Drill at The Park Avenue Armory On Wednesday, July 17th WHSAD students in the Summer Bridge Program spent a day at the Park Avenue Armory. Initially, it was not known what to expect, but at the end of the day, it became clear that whatever expectations anyone had were not only fulfilled but surpassed tenfold. The experience at the Armory was nothing short of surreal from the second we walked through the door. The experience hits you like a shock-wave as the ambiance in the foyer was grander than life, and, subsequently, the entrance tells the history of the building and its previous occupants. Before any official tour and or meeting took place, peers muttered among themselves, awed by the sheer scale and beauty of the … [Read more...]
WHSAD Summer Bridge Program & CareerClue students photographed on the stairs at the Oculus. On Thursday, June 11th participants in WHSAD's Summer Bridge and CareerClue programs took a tour of lower Manhattan. The tour let students investigate a history of architecture in New York City. Students were able to visualize the development of building structures from smaller structures, mostly consisting of stone and brick exteriors, to taller skyscrapers consisting of steel and glass. This is essential for not only the incoming freshmen of WHSAD to understand but also current students. Understanding the basics of architecture and its development over time can be extremely helpful when creating projects in class. You can observe your task … [Read more...]
Below is an interview with WHSAD Senior Reginald Huggins who was honored with a prestigious scholarship: the Walter A Hunt Jr. Scholarship. The Walter A Hunt, Jr. Scholarship is exclusively for a high school senior attending a New York City public or charter school who plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in architecture at a NAAB-accredited school within the United States. Reginald will receive $10,000 per year for the first 2 years of study to support his college tuition and other related costs. To learn more about the scholarship, read the official press release from the Center for Architecture here. Reginald recounts not only how it was that he achieved the scholarship, but also his days at WHSAD, and his future. Q: How do you … [Read more...]
Class of 2019 seniors taking a photo on their Graduation Day. (From Left to Right: Chamonte Greenfield, Melina Jorge, Arthur Cambridge, and Richard Sanchez) Class of 2019 Seniors photographed with their guidance counselor Ms. Erneste. WHSAD Senior Reginald Huggins the 2019 recipient of the Rohan Levy Foundation Scholarship, joined by WHSAD alumni who have also received the scholarship. (From Left to Right: Jalen Vazquez, Reginald Huggins, and Kenneth Nelson) Graduation is one of these experiences in a person's life that doesn’t come around frequently, so when it does, it is very special. Graduation is a time to celebrate and remember all of your accomplishments throughout the past four years. When looking back, many can get … [Read more...]
Attendees of the Little Free Library in October 2018 event gathered to discuss the project and what it means for the future of our community. This event was extremely important as I was introduced to several notable people who have been involved in my work life ever since. (Pictured from Left to Right: Heather Butts, Gill Cornell, Antonio Perez, and Karen Watts) If I could choose one word to explain this year, I would choose, unexpected. Because that’s honestly what my experience has been. Every day was something new in the best way. And for this, I couldn’t be more grateful. Grateful for all the opportunities I have been given, and all the amazing people I have met because of these opportunities. Looking back at this year, I don’t have … [Read more...]
On Saturday, May 11th a team of students from WHSAD took a trip to the town of Lake Como, New Jersey to present their proposed redesigns for Lake Como to the town's committee. According to Executive Director of the project, Heather Butts, “The project is a collaboration with Lake Como, NJ, Monmouth University, H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths and the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design. The title of the project is ‘Lake Front Fun and Wildlife Park’ and the collaboration was formed to achieve environmental, health, social and economic improvement in the town of Lake Como, NJ. The school has effectively ‘adopted’ Lake Como with an educational approach that will benefit both the students and the residents of the town.” Students … [Read more...]
Parent Coordinator Lai Sin Chu helping students to make their flowers Saturday, May 11th, the day before Mother's Day, students from WHSAD's community service club, led by Ms. Spaziani, went down to the Jennings Hall Senior Citizen Housing to spend the evening with some of the residents. Additionally, the students presented flowers made from construction paper and recycled water bottles from the school. The excited women who received the flowers Parent Coordinator, Lai Sin Chu, approached the community service club and asked them if they wanted to learn how to make flowers with construction paper with recycled water bottles from the school. Because Mother's Day was only two weeks away, Ms. Spaziani, who directs the … [Read more...]