Visioneer Design Challenge

Community involvement is valued among our ZAS team, sharing our talents and resources to help shape the generation of today that will shape the work of tomorrow. For the past 2 years, Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Inc. has been involved with the Wisconsin Art Education Association in The Visioneer Design Challenge, a unique, one-of-a kind, statewide learning program and competition for middle school and high school students interested in design arts and connecting with professional designers.  Challenges have been developed by professional designers who currently work and have careers in current design fields. These challenges cover design in everyday things, design of spaces and places, design for communication and information and design for human interaction. This program may connect directly your school district’s goal of preparing students for post-secondary readiness.  Some examples of design areas since the program’s launch have included: Architecture, Animation, Digital Photography, Exhibit Design, Fashion Marketing, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Point-of-Purchase Design, Product Design, Urban Planning, Video Production and Web Design.

This past year Taha Shawar (Architectural Designer) challenged the students to re-design a building of their choice to better fit a new location. In a way that they become more aware of the outside world, the differences but more importantly the similarities we have as people and as environments and what we do to adapt.  This was accomplished by having the students bring a building from anywhere in the world and choosing the most ideal location for it here in the United States, and work on re-designing this building in a way that it could remain functional and adapts to its new environment its placed in.

“I re-designed the Cathedral Brasilia into a community center in San Angelo Texas, that fills a need in the community.  The architectural design challenge was fun because I learned lots of new things about designing buildings, and all the considerations that architects need to think about.  This program has impacted my  future by teaching me how to keep trying, even when my plan initially didn’t work. I hope I can return to the program for other design opportunities.” – Grace Johnson ~ Northstar Middle School Eau Claire, Wi

The goal of this challenge was to educate the students on the power of relationship building, through architecture. At the end the students will get a better understanding on adapting to new environments, giving back, being authentic and sincere, seeking opportunities and building better networks.

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Grace Johnson
Grace Johnson (12) of Northstar Middle School Eau Claire, WI and Architectural Designer Taha Shawar.