Kid Architecture Workshop: A Case Study Demonstrating How Young People Learn 3D Design
Lecture    ED3679
jon davey, Janice Miller
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The Kid Architecture Workshop offered by Professor Jon Davey in Southern Illinois provides young students with a great foundational experience and appreciation for design as a lifelong career. This workshop has been in operation for the past 20 years, providing insights into how students learn about spatial design, building materials, visualization techniques, and using digital technologies to create design solutions. It also provides a solid foundation for students to pursue design or architecture in their post-secondary academic life. The workshop offers valuable data and insights on how learners successfully combine traditional experiential techniques with computer tools when approaching design problem solving. This class will present the Kid Architecture Workshop and will be followed by a panel discussion to find ways of assimilating and applying its findings to other areas of teaching design for a secondary audience.

Key Learnings

  • Adopt real-world examples that inspire students’ passion for design visualization
  • Interact with faculty peers who have implemented new ideas in teaching design-related activities to secondary students
  • Describe the Kid Architecture Workshop, its reasons for success, and the data collected on experiential learning
  • Explain what motivates young learners to explore 3D design as an area of interest


 jon davey
jon davey
Dr. Jon Daniel Davey is an Architect, Registered Interior Designer, Professor in the School of Architecture, Director of Interior Design 1998-2001, Founder and Director of Kid Architecture and Le Petit Grand Tour d’Architecture Programs. As program director of Kid Architecture he has developed and conducted workshops for young people age 9-18 dealing with the design of the built environment with special interest in architecture and interior design for the last 24 years. His academic experience includes a Ph.D., a MS in Education, MED in Environmental Design, a Stage D'Architecture et Dessin D'Interieur, Ecole De Beaux-Arts, Paris, a BS in Architectural Studies an AAS in Architectural Technology and a Certificate of Education from the Jose Marti Institute, Havana, Cuba. He has design experience in architecture and engineering offices as well as his own firm, Prairie Design Studio. Professor Davey has developed and conducted 65 travel/study programs internationally. His present research is quite eclectic to include Neuroscience in Architecture, Architecture History, Computer-Aided Design, Environment Behavior Studies and Corporate Office Design. He has taught AutoCAD since version 1.3, has been a Teacher Trainer, and has also earned the AutoCAD Top Gun award.

 Janice Miller
Janice Miller
Janice is the Education Program Manager for Secondary Education within Autodesk, where she executes scalable programs while maintaining a keen ear to the needs and challenges students and faculty face today. She most recently launched the Autodesk Simulation Workshop at www.autodesk.com/simulationworkshop. Janice has held roles in both the Manufacturing Industry Group and Worldwide Education at Autodesk, focusing on global projects. She served as Director of Education at an M&E ATC in Florida, where she developed custom training programs for partnerships including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Herman Miller, and Disney. Early in her career Janice was a DVD Author and Producer, and also worked as a freelance Audio Engineer. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Telecommunication from Michigan State University with a specialization in Interactive Design & Technology, and spent four years teaching in the department where she discovered her passion for working with students.

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