Joe Shepherd, a teacher in the North Marion school district, had always taught his Advanced CADD class from an engineering perspective. That changed after he took afo ’s Teaching the Basics Through Design three-day workshop. He added brainstorming sessions, team projects and research on 20th century design to his syllabus. Shepherd says teaching the artistic applications has energized him professionally and inspired some of his students to further study of architecture and urban planning. About a dozen afo members volunteer their time to teach architectural design to high school teachers in this workshop. They then help the teachers develop lesson plans using the design process to teach a variety of curricula.
Begun in the summer of 2006, these workshops give teachers:
- hands on experience using the design process to approach real-life design problems
- lesson plans for their individual subject area
- an understanding of the resources available to them in the Portland Urban environment.
Teaching the Basics is currently on hiatus while the afo Education Committee develops a system to allow for broader participation by Oregon teachers.