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Career Day Workshop and the Architect Barbie Dream House

Career Day Workshop and the Architect Barbie Dream HouseJacksonville, FL – Inspiring girls at an early age is vital to nurturing their minds and fostering positive habits that will enable them to become influential and successful young leaders. The Architect Barbie Workshop will be held on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at the Haskell Company, 111 Riverside Ave. in Jacksonville, Florida, from 9:00am to 11:00am.

The purpose of the workshop is to give a basic understanding of the architecture profession, the importance of the built environment, the long history of female architects and a glimpse into the design process. Thirty girls between the ages of seven and nine who attend George Washington Carver Elementary School in Jacksonville, FL will have the opportunity to participate in the Barbie Architect Workshop. The workshop is a planning and design exercise that relates to the Barbie brand and fosters a child’s understanding of spatial relationships by asking them to design Architect Barbie’s Dream House.

Ayonna Patterson, Community Advocate for Educational Opportunities for Underprivileged Children, implemented the Barbie Architect Workshop in Chicago, with much success, in 2012. “As a teacher, I think the workshop opened the eyes of the young girls in attendance about the opportunities of a career in architecture,” states Jennifer Schildmeyer, a Chicago public schools teacher whose students participated in the workshop in 2012. “This was especially impactful for the students that would not have otherwise been exposed to the field.”

Organizers and sponsors for the Barbie Architect Workshop include:
-Ayonna Patterson, Community Advocate Educational Opportunities for Underprivileged Children – Organizer
-AIA Jacksonville, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects – Organizer and Sponsor
-George Washington Carver Elementary School – Organizer
-The Haskell Company – Sponsor
-Talaya Waller, LLC – Sponsor

Community members are asked to assist this prestigious and essential workshop by giving monetary donations that will help offset the costs for supplies, transportation and meals. To donate, please contact Ayonna Patterson at 904-885-8212, 904-924-3122 or pattersona1@duvalschools.org.

To learn more about the Barbie Architect Workshop, log on to www.aia.org/about/initiatives/AIAB090027


About Barbie Architect Workshop

For more than 50 years, Barbie has empowered girls to dream big and explore a world without limits. Barbie’s I Can Be… “Architect” encourages a new generation of girls to pursue a career in architecture. Along with introduction of the newest Barbie in 2011, the American Institute of Architects and Mattel began the Architect Barbie Dream House Design Competition. The competition challenged AIA members to design a dream house for an American icon.

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