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Miami's Ghana program earns Presidential Citation from Ohio architecture group
Written by Jillian Moran, news and communications intern
Projects are driven by the needs of the village. Students take part in all phases of planning and construction, with lessons from Ghanaian masons and carpenters with whom they work. Students must respond to the indigenous architecture, materials and methods while introducing improved techniques to help the village. A student blog from 2008 shows progress on the community center that was built that year.
“While not as glamorous as design/build studios elsewhere, the studio has provided the kind of real world experience that one can only receive by having a client, a budget, a schedule and a hammer. The projects have always been driven by the needs of the village and have been responsive to the feedback of the client both before construction and during it,” said Judson Kline, president of Ohio’s AIA, in presenting the award. “The student designs must respond to the indigenous architecture, building materials and methods while at the same time trying to introduce advantageous new techniques or methods that might be utilized by the village to improve future building projects. The experience provides a very real example of the consequences of one’s design work on paper and its manifestation in reality.”
J. Elliott, instructor in architecture and interior design, has led the program since 2006.