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Students Participate in Architectural Challenge

Challenge Sixth graders at Eden Hall Upper Elementary shared their architectural designs with a panel of experts on April 24, 2018.  Students were challenged to repurpose unused space found on neighboring Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus in a sustainable and meaningful way to better serve the community.

They worked in small teams, created a design and model and made a presentation to a panel of community experts that included Architect Paul Tellers, Carnegie Mellon School (CMU) Architecture for K-12 Education Samantha Weaver, Freelance Architect/Urban Planner Nicole Kubas Erie, Architect Kelley Folts, Preservationist Justin Greenawalt, Architect Roger Hartung Architect Cat Adams with Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Executive Director Louise Sturgess serving as moderator.

The Architectural Design Challenge addressed many areas of science, technology, art, mathematics.   Students developed an understanding of:

  • Technological Design
  • Personal & Community Health
  • Solutions Using a Systematic Process to Deal with Constraints & Meeting Criteria
  • How to Analyze Data to Determine Similarities & Differences among Several Design Solutions

Challenge The winning project was created by The Lasarchitects team, which was made up of sixth graders Jack Harris, Hayden Keegan, Jayden Lahoti, & Ryland Nichols. The judges felt the team embodied the spirit of the project with sensitivity to the environment.

The students not only had to work as a team to research their design but create it and present the final project to the panel. Through presentation, the students explained not only the successes of the project but the challenges.  The project taught students not only design skills but to be flexible. At one point the students forgot to include an entrance for visitors who might have mobility disabilities and had to rethink their big idea three times.

Teachers Jennifer Kopach and Joanna Sovek worked with the sixth-grade teachers and students.  Organizers would like to thank Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Executive Director Louise Sturgess, Chatham University Sustainability and Education Coordinator-Community Programs Kelly Henderson and Art Teacher Katelyn Falleroni for their assistance on the program.

Other teams and awards are as follows:

  • Mechanical Theatre - Nicolai Ezolt, Austin Foster, & Ethan Priore.
  • Raspberry Architects - Damian Ivanov, Luke Ridgeway, & Owen Russell (Third Place)
  • SOLARchitects - Nathan Bateman, Benjamin Lyons, & Cooper Zancosky
  • RB² Architects - Benjamin Baileys, Vasilios Balouris, & Shiv Rao (Penguin Award)
  • Crafty Crusaders - Liam Francis, Avyukta Nagrath, & Ryan Scott (Honorable Mention)
  • Axolotl Army - Ella Guo, Autumn Pfaeffle, Phoenix Schwierking, & Jenna Shingledecker (Second Place & Student Choice Award)
  • The Nerds - Yuvraj Kaloya, Emmanuel Lewis, Mitchell Lundgren, & Alexander Melby