For the second year, Harrison Design’s D.C. office joined the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s week-long “New Heights” education program, which introduces middle and high school students to  architecture and the possibilities of a career in architecture or a related field.

Principal Nicolas Charbonneau led a class on traditional urbanism that was open to all 5-12  grades of the Washington Latin Public Charter School. About 20 students participated in the session, which included Nic’s lecture on traditional urbanism, a drawing workshop to formulate their own urban plans, and a five-minute pin-up presentation to the class with a critique.

“It’s tremendously rewarding helping these younger students to understand the work and urban landscape around them,” said Nic. “First, they have to learn the language and then understand the thought process—why architects do what they do so that architecture and urbanism convey meaning. It opens up the world of architecture to a young and diverse audience, and helps inspire the next generation of professionals.”  

At the awards ceremony celebrating the program, Nic spoke with a mother who said that although she usually had difficulty getting her daughter out of bed in the morning, during the days of the program her daughter was up, dressed and ready to go to school 15 minutes ahead of time!

Last year, Nic participated in the “New Heights” program for the first time with a lecture about architectural and urban theorist Leon Krier and sustainable town design to the all-girls National Cathedral School.

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