It's both humbling and gratifying to have past participants take pride in and get excited about the learning and work they do at RAW and want to share it with their fellow students and others. This week UNC Charlotte students, Sairy Sanchez, Andrew Baur and Keihly Moore showcased this past summer's RAW design/build workshop, the Hearth, outside of Custer, South Dakota. Sairy, Andrew and Keihly shared a cool overview (it's kind've big) of the workshop and time lapse videos (1) (2) (3) of the design/build process. It sure looks like we worked fast
Students also had some thoughtful things to say about their RAW experience:
I learned to be more confident about my ideas and strengths. In school we often get categorized and known for one thing we're good at. But at RAW, every student was encouraged to try different aspects of design, construction, leadership, and teammwork, which allowed me to get to know myself better in all those areas.
RAW Dakota was one of the most valuable learning experiences I have ever received. For me, the workshop definitely took me out of my comfort zone, but it helped me realize that you really can do anything if you're willing to try it!
In school, most projects we do are individual. We alone come up with the design decisions that meet the program criteria, we choose the materials, and anything else that goes into the project. Only one person is making decisions. In real life, however, architecture is a team effort. Working collaboratively at RAW helped us get an idea of what working for a firm or on site will be like. We have to listen to each other and cooperate.
We will post more feedback from the students later. In the meantime, if you are in the Charlotte area, head on over to the architecture gallery at Storrs and have a peak!