Architectural Early Intervention
Duke Talent Identification Program
Summer Studies Program: 2008, 2012 - present
Independent Learning Curriculum Developer for an Architecture Course: 2011-present
The Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) invites gifted students to participate in a wide range of intensive academic programs during the summer and select weekends during the school year. For several summers, I have served as the instructor for the Architecture course at the Davidson College and, most recently, as the inaugural Architecture II: Beyond the Foundation course at the Texas A&M University sites. During the summer there are two sessions, for three weeks each, and here students receive the same number of instructional contact hours as a full year in a high school course or a semester of a collegiate course.
In these courses, students conducted independent research as well as collaborative projects that will broaden their architectural sketching, drafting, and model-making skills. Students discuss critical precedents and movements in the record of architecture through the S.P.E.A.R theory: an original, analytical approach to architectural analysis that highlights structural, programmatic, economic, aesthetic, and regional components. Students articulated their own design ideas in two and three dimensions: sketching, drafting, diagramming, casting, installations, tand model making. At the end of each course, the students completed an individual capstone project for the design of a small-scale, sustainable structure.