The focus of my thesis revolved around collaborating with middle school students at Banner Neighborhood Art Club to design a Youth Center and Youth Homeless shelter in the area of Old Goucher. I wanted to explore the idea of community driven design and how I could use local organizations in Old Goucher as well as the students from Banner Neighborhood to work together to create programming for the space as well as form.
My thesis began with the students and I working parallel together. Each week we worked with differents elements of architectural design such as programming and form to further my design process. I would bring in the progress of my designs, we would discuss it and then I would shape the lesson around the next step in my process so that I could take what they made and apply it to my work.
Eventually my design progressed far enough along where I could update my students on where my design was and we could discuss my next direction but the responsibility of the design became my own rather than a shared project.
This thesis follows the path of me working as a teacher and designer, how the students and I were able to work simultaneously to explore programming and form and how the responsibility of the design shifts when the project is far enough along that the limitations of the knowledge of the students prevents them from continuing to work directly with me.