Design Lab 2016 Kick-off at Pleasant Ridge Montessori
Yesterday was one of those days for me that epitomized what the Starter Home 2.0 project is all about, celebrating the live-work-play mentality that has become the American Dream for many Millennials as I kicked off Design LAB 2016 with 1st & 2nd grade students at Pleasant Ridge Montessori (PRM).
- Live: PRM is very much a community facility. I play pick-up basketball there Friday nights throughout the Winter and like many of the students there, I walked to the school from my house yesterday.
- Work: PRM is a long-time client of my firm, SHP Leading Design. We designed the school and this past spring, I was part of the team that worked with the school to address the growing student population and improve the existing facility to better serve the needs of the students, faculty, and neighborhood.
- Play: Volunteering with kids is one of my favorite ways to give back to the community and a fantastic learning experience for me as someone that designs educational spaces for a living. I feel so fortunate that I work for a firm that supports employees to take time during the work day to get involved in such initiatives.
As an architect and developer, my #1 objective has always been making the communities I work with a better place to live, work, and play. I think yesterday was validation that I am on the right track, which was pretty rewarding.