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Olson Kundig and ACE Mentorship


Last week, Olson Kundig concluded nine months of mentorship with a group of local high school students through the ACE Mentorship Program, which inspires students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction. As program mentors, Nate Boyd, Gregory Nakata, Ryan Patterson, Tessa Crespo, Jarri Hasnain, Cameron Shampine and Ekram Hassen met bi-weekly with a group of five local students, guiding them through the design process for a new high school innovation lab.

The ACE students took their idea from initial concept through drawing execution, learning intricacies of the architectural design process along the way. Several ACE meetings were held at Olson Kundig’s offices and in the offices of local engineering and construction companies, giving students hands-on experience in the fields of design and construction.

On May 24, the ACE students presented their final Innovation Lab design, which was organized around what they called “The 4 D’s of Innovation”: Dream, Design, Develop and Display. Over the course of the program, students gained a greater appreciation for the collaborative nature of the design process, working with architects, engineers, and construction managers to finalize their design. In the end, ACE students left with a deeper understanding of architecture and the power it holds to influence lives for the better.