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Principal at cox graae + spack architects gives group of kids Rooftop Tour of Washington DC

October 23, 2013. The work our firm does regularly brings us into contact with kids but Joanna Schmickel’s Rooftop Tour of Washington with a group of 8 was an opportunity to interact with young people in a different way. On Saturday afternoon, October 19th, children ages 8 to 14 joined Joanna to explore the panoramic view of architectural forms and shapes from the roof terrace at 1700 New York Avenue NW in Washington, DC.

After being inspired by the DC skyline, the group headed to the AIA’s Historic Octagon House to take part in a model-building workshop.  With Joanna’s guidance the kids created a skyline of their own using card-board boxes, Styrofoam, wood, construction paper, tape and other materials.

The event was hosted and coordinated by the Washington Architectural Foundation.  The Foundation’s Architecture in the School program is in its 22nd year operating the District Architecture Center youth programs.  The Rooftop event is one of several put on annually to introduce young people to the city through its architecture. The program places volunteer architects in metropolitan Washington, DC classrooms to teach kids about the built environment.

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