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Empowering Future Food Innovators: Landscape Architects Mentor High School Students


In Anchorage, Alaska, a remarkable collaboration is taking place between local landscape architects and high school students. Peter Briggs, ASLA, Corvus Design and Jonny Hayes, ASLA/SEGD, Anchorage Museum have joined forces with instructor Kelly Ballantyne from the King Tech High School Farm & Food class to mentor students about creative processes and phases of design that imagine exciting new features at the local career technical school. The focus? Expanded orchards on campus and food truck planning and design to support the Culinary and Enterprise students!The participating Alaska Chapter ASLA design professionals participated in visioning exercises and site visits with students to guide key questions for the students to engage ‘clients’ and provide inputs to drive successful projects. Students shared imaginative solutions that would engage preschool through high school students and staff while also highlighting critical aspects and technical insights to ensure compatibility with Anchorage School District campus constraints. Similar to the design process for Landscape Architects and other design professionals, the course syllabus created by Mr. Ballantyne guided student project teams to gather information from the clients, share concepts with scale drawings and calculations of building materials, and development of a presentation for ASD staff and student client consideration.







Interested in design or becoming a Landscape Architect?: https://www.asla.org/become.aspx

King Tech High School: https://www.asdk12.org/kingtech

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