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Helping Boston high school students experience design careers

CannonDesign's Boston office took part in Architecture Design and Thinking Day by hosting a group of local high school students for a day of introduction into life in a design office.

Inga Leonova, CannonDesign
05/31/2018
Image courtesy: CannonDesign

Image courtesy: CannonDesign

Image courtesy: Cannon Design.

Our Boston office was proud to take part in Architecture Design and Thinking Day on March 23 when we hosted a group of local high school students and guidance counselors for a fun, activity-filled day that introduced them to life in a design office. A joint initiative between the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Foundation and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), Architecture Design and Thinking Day sought to connect youth with workforce partners to provide opportunities for students to identify rewarding career paths.

Our hosting team consisted of one facilitator (me) and two chaperones, Marisa Nemcik and Jamie Graham. The three of us share a passion for educating youth in the architectural profession, and we were all excited to play key roles in the event. We began the day with donuts and icebreakers and then worked with the students through a series of events, including:

Image courtesy: CannonDesign.

Image courtesy: CannonDesign.

Image courtesy: CannonDesign.
From our team’s perspective, Architecture Design and Thinking Day proved a great success. The day proved exciting, rewarding and stimulating for everyone involved, and provided a great opportunity for our staff to interact with a motivated and determined group of young people. It proved to be one of those experiences that reminds you how much you love your job and career.

Image courtesy: CannonDesign.
After the students left, we met as a group and also shared thoughts about how humbling the day was for our team. The level of maturity, determination, passion and articulateness of these young people from Boston’s inner-city schools served to underline for us our privilege and remind us all of the great challenges that need to be overcome as we aspire for greater diversity, equity and inclusiveness in our field and our firm.


Inga Leonova is a content author at CannonDesign. This article originally appeared on CannonDesign's blog. CannonDesign is a CFE Media content partner.

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