CFAF Kicks Off Building Connections 2012 with Education Open House

Young designers featured in the this year’s “Building Connections” exhibition excitedly point out their models to families and friends.

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CFAF Board Member Judith Hunt takes a look at the exhibition.

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CFAF Executive Director Jaime Endreny recognizes the Foundation’s many students, educators, staff, and supporters.

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Jill Ayers and Rachel Einsidler from Design360 Inc, exhibition designers and lead sponsor for “Building Connections 2012.”

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The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) kicked off the launch of its 16th annual exhibition of K-12 student design work, “Building Connections 2012,” on 11.30.12 with an Architecture Education Open House. The exhibition, which runs through 01.19.13, highlights the achievements of students and classrooms who participated in CFAF’s built environment education programs during the 2011-12 school year. Featured among the 12 projects are model bridges from CFAF’s in-school residencies, digital design animations from after-school studios, and sketchbooks from CFAF’s Summer@theCenter Architectural Drawing program.

The Open House was held to coincide with the first day of the exhibition and to introduce teachers, parents, and architecture enthusiasts to the Foundation’s school and family programs. Guests were able to learn more about CFAF’s teaching methodology developed over more than 20 years of built environment education experience. The Foundation works with thousands of young people each year, using the interdisciplinary study of architecture to enrich student learning across the K-12 curricula to strengthen problem-solving and creative thinking skills.

The Foundation also took the opportunity to publicly recognize its generous sponsors, AIANY and its exhibitions staff, and Design360 Inc., the exhibition designer. CFAF also thanked its dedicated Board of Directors, talented Design Educators, and the numerous volunteers and interns who help to make all of its education programs possible.

On 01.07.13, CFAF will offer two exhibition-related programs as part of the Foundation’s expanded 2013 programs for the general adult public.  From 12:00 – 1:00 pm, CFAF Design Educators will lead a Guided Exhibition Tour of “The Edgeless School: Design for Learning and Building Connections 2012. From 6:00 – 8:00 pm, the Foundation will host a panel discussion entitled Making a School: Principals and Architects in Conversation. For more information and to register, please visit