Future architects invited to explore profession, process at OPN Architects Cedar Rapids

An architect spends at least four years in college followed by hundreds if not thousands more hours studying for a series of exams before they are granted licensure. Being an architect for a day, though, that’s a dream more easily granted.

On Oct. 19, in celebration of World Architecture Day, OPN Architects invites high school students – in grades nine through 12 – to spend the afternoon at the firm’s Cedar Rapids studio, 200 Fifth Ave. SE, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. to get a hands-on look at architecture as a practice and a profession.

As a practice, architecture marries many in-demand skills such as critical thinking, creativity, math, science, public speaking, and problem solving. As a profession, students will learn about what architects and interior designers do day-to-day, the design process and digital tools, as well as required education and skills.

The afternoon will end with a design challenge. Architects work with students to design and develop their own “big idea” for a building. Concepts will be judged by a panel of OPN architects, and prizes will be awarded.

There is no cost to attend; space is limited to 25 students. Sign up is required by Oct. 17.

For more information, call OPN’s Marketing Director Carly Weber at (319) 363-6018.