Architecture Week planned at VHS

Architecture Week planned at VHS
The week beginning Feb. 27 has been designated "Architecture Week" at Vermillion High School. The week is sponsored by the South Dakota State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Fine Line Architecture of Vermillion. It is a pilot for a statewide curriculum program and explores the relationship of high school subjects to the practice of architecture.

A geography class will study 20th century buildings while a Spanish class will evaluate great buildings of Spain and South America. Geometry classes will explore the use of scale and shapes in buildings while art classes will apply their learned principles of design to the practice of architecture. The Housing Class will visit an architecturally designed residence and vocational classes will have demonstrations of the use of computer assisted drafting.

The activities of the week will be followed by a design competition where participating students will design a fictional Chamber of Commerce facility. The competition will be juried in April and cash prizes awarded.

Vermillion architect, Sandra Lea Dickenson, AIA, is the 2006 president of the South Dakota Chapter of AIA and this program is a project of her presidency.

"The national AIA celebrates 150 years in 2007. In celebration, local components have been encouraged to develop community projects and awareness programs throughout the nation. Geographically, South Dakota is a big state and it was hard to come up with something that would benefit every community. The students and faculty of VHS have been very supportive in developing this pilot," she said.

Once the materials are developed and tested they will be packaged and distributed statewide.

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