During the 2018/19 school year, volunteers from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Southwest Michigan visited the CIS After School program at Hillside Middle School. Over the course of the multi-week program, students learned about different building structures and were guided through the process of designing and building their own architectural structure. They drew up their designs and then, using Legos, created miniature versions of their designs.
Nadine Rios-Rivas, an architectural associate with Byce & Associates, Inc., organized and served as the Public Awareness Co-Chair for the AIA Southwest Michigan. The team of volunteers introduced and explored careers in architecture with the students. “The AIASWM has decided to focus its awareness efforts on the future of Kalamazoo,” Nadine said. “It was a privilege to mentor and engage local students we hope to plant seeds of interest in higher education.”
Students named and briefly described their work. Below are the statements made by the students whose final products were displayed in the Radisson lobby during the 2019 Champs Celebration.
Chaneayl (age 11) 6th Grader
I wanted to build a huge multi-level home. I wanted to make it BIG! I choose the black and red colors because they are my favorite colors.
During the project, I had fun learning about other buildings.
Ciara (age 12) 7th Grader
“Ciara’s Family Suite”
I choose to build a big hotel suite. I designed a pool with a water slide that goes in and out of the building. It also has a basketball court and Ping-Pong room.
During the project, I had fun using my imagination and being creative.
Malikai (age 14) 8th Grader
“Mausoleum of the Emperor”
I was inspired by my card game that I like to play. It sounds historic and I thought it was pretty cool.
During the project, I had fun using my hands to build things.
Kazaria (age 11) 6th Grader
I designed a big hotel that you can eat for free. It has a water slide, game room and gym that is open 24 hours a day.
During the project, I had fun learning to put things together along with playing with Legos for the first time.
Amira (age 12) 6th Grader
“The Fun Fantastic Hotel”
I incorporated some of my favorite stores; Red Lobster (red), donut shop (pink), and a water park.
During the project, I learned that you can build whatever you like.
Jade (age 12) 7th Grader
My design is my dream house. I would like to live in a mansion with a basketball court, go-cart track and pool.
During the project, I had fun sketching my ideas for my dream house.