For: Parents, Students

Resource Type(s): Career Awareness, Internship

Grade Band: High School

Subject(s): Engineering

Design in Action pairs DC Public and Charter High School students with top DC architecture firms for one week during spring break. Since 2012, the program has grown to include over 26 architecture firms each year. Throughout the week, students shadow architects on construction site visits, in design and client meetings, and more. Students also have the opportunity to work on their own design project that they showcase during a reception at the end of the week.

DC Public and Charter School 11th graders are introduced to architecture as a career and provided with connections to firms in Washington, DC. Students will have a chance to participate in a variety of experiences including project and design sessions, design charrettes, and client meetings. They will also work on a project for which they will sketch ideas, build small study models, and get introduced to computer aided graphics software. This experience will earn 35 community service hours.

The goal of DESIGN in ACTION is to introduce high school students who show an interest for design and architecture to the creativity and passion that drives accomplished professionals. By showing students what high-quality architecture can be, the program hopes to inspire students who would not otherwise have this opportunity to pursue their creative interests.

DESIGN in ACTION engages students on a practical level as they practice professional development skills, learn about a viable STEM profession, and achieve an accomplishment to list on their resumes and college applications.

Learn more about the program on the American Institute of Architects website.

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