Trautman Associates' John Sisting, LEED AP, joins Buffalo Architecture Foundation and other Buffalo architects in support of architectural education at local schools.

Working with the classroom teacher and a student volunteer from the UB School of Architecture and Planning, John led 25 sixth grade students at Olmsted Middle School on a community development project.  Each student was given a parcel of land, represented by a 10" x 10" piece of foam core, and assigned the task of designing a structure for their land. They had to negotiate with their neighbor and work within the community’s infrastructure such as roads, parks, and ponds. The students were given 2” squares for building their structures that were manipulated by folding patterns and glued together to form larger structures. 

The Architecture + Education program was founded in 2000 as an initiative of AIA Buffalo / Western New York to increase awareness of the built and natural environment for school-aged children by integrating architectural practices into the grade school curriculum. 

The semester long effort was concluded with an opening at CEPA Gallery where all student work will be on display until spring.