The magazine looks at ways in which design thinking is being taught and executed in daily practice. And, in the Connecting with Kids article, how kids today are making a connection with design and design thinking through the work of programs in Canada and United States.
i+D magazine writer Diana Mosher reached out to the AFBC to learn more about the foundation’s mandate, centred on building awareness for architecture and design through education. Board director Sehr Bokhari-Latif, herself an educator and designer, shared thoughts and plans from the AFBC.
From i+D Magazine: January – February 2019 issue:
Connecting with Kids
Design Education Is About Building Things
The Architecture Foundation of British Columbia (AFBC) has an overall mandate to educate the general public about matters of the built environment. This passion is behind its plans to integrate architecture programming into the kindergarten and primary school curriculum throughout British Columbia, Canada.
“Having architects, designers, and landscape designers come into the classroom creates an awareness of what it takes to do that kind of work and it teaches them about all kinds of options, opportunities, and choices,” says Sehr Bokhari-Latif, from the Department of Interior Design at The Art Institute of Vancouver (part of LaSalle College Vancouver), as well as partner of StudioTrio Design and director of AFBC.
According to Bokhari-Latif, “The sooner you start the children to become aware of their context of the built environment, the sooner they are able to engage in these matters and able to facilitate, in many cases, what needs to be done to make the built environment better.”
AFBC’s architecture curriculum, which will be available for educators to use in and out of the classroom, is currently in the planning stages. “Kids absorb so quickly—they are like sponges,” observes Bokhari-Latif. “So, I think it’s really a question of content rather than time.”
One thing is sure: “We will be engaging students to make things with their hands! Hands-on training has kind of disappeared from curriculums all over the world,” she adds. “It’s become very technologically oriented, and my personal view is that we are losing creative thinking and thinking outside the box when we are doing more computer-based learning. Design education is all about building things.”
i+D is the magazine of the American Society of Interior Designers and the Interior Designers of Canada.