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The Three P's...People, Pinterest and Programming: Planning a school for homeless children in Oklahoma City

Gary Armbruster, AIA, ALEP, Principal Architect 

Amy Brewer, M.Ed., Director of Education

MA+ Architecture, Positive Tomorrows 

Domains: Process, Context, Learning

Course Level: Intermediate

Learning Units: 1 LU

Room: A706

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 3:15 pm


How do you have public involvement for a school where the children are homeless and in many cases their parents aren't very involved? Find out how we had to step out of our normal programming and planning comfort zone to design a facility that the children, the faculty and the community could be proud of. In this program we will explore how we met with the students, faculty and staff to get their ideas for the new school and our use of Pinterest as a programming tool.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learn how to reach out and program a school for homeless children
  2. Learn how to use Pinterest as a programming tool and how to organize the information for large groups to understand
  3. Learn how to communicate with a homeless school community to gain their ideas
  4. Learn various techniques to get design ideas from PK-5th grade students