Ascent Designer Victoria Tranca brings architecture to a group of local 4th-graders through Architects in Schools
Earlier this year, Ascent Architecture & Interiors Designer Victoria Tranca, Assoc. AIA, volunteered to participate in Architects in Schools. Started in 2003, the Architecture Foundation of Oregon program pairs architects and design professionals with elementary school teachers to provide classroom instruction.
“It can be challenging to introduce technical terms that I use every day to a group of 4th graders, and it reminds me that in our work we should be mindful of how we communicate with our clients and other collaborators,” Victoria says. “It’s important that in all our interactions we explain ourselves clearly and work to avoid confusions in the future.”
The experience reminds her how creative elementary aged students are and the importance of fostering that, and it emphasizes the skill required to teach. “Teaching is not easy and is not for everyone,” Victoria says. “I have a renewed respect for teachers and believe they should be celebrated and appreciated.”
As part of the curriculum, the class is exploring the differences between cities that are developed organically versus planned and learning about various zoning types. Throughout the course, Victoria is helping the students redesign the town of The Dalles, Oregon, in the 1840s. Their final project will include designed plans and hand-made elevations to illustrate their vision.
Education and stewardship are two of Ascents’ core values, and over the years we’ve found Architects in Schools to be a worthwhile program that addresses both. Although furthering our own education as individuals is a vital, we also appreciate the opportunity to teach others about what we do and inspire young minds to explore architecture.