October 12, 2011
by Eveline Chang and Tim Hayduk Center for Architecture Foundat

Family Day participants present their architectural centerpieces that will be showcased at this year’s Heritage Ball (left). Exhibition attendees admire the K-12 student work on display at the 2011 “Building Connections” exhibition (right).

Catherine Teegarden

The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) kicked off the launch of Archtober — the inaugural month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions in NYC — on 10.01.11 with a number of public events at the Center for Architecture. The day began with a free FamilyDay@theCenter, where families created an architectural centerpiece to be displayed at the Heritage Ball, the Center’s annual fundraising event, based on the theme of “green buildings.”

10.01.11 also marked the opening of “Building Connections,” the Foundation’s 15th annual exhibition of K-12 student design work. The exhibition, which runs through 02.11.12, highlights the achievements of students who participated in CFAF’s built environment education programs during the 2010-11 school year. Featured work includes a high school student who is now applying to colleges to study architecture, following his successful introduction to architecture in CFAF’s Architectural Design Studio.

An Open House was held to coincide with the first day of the exhibition and to introduce teachers, parents, and architecture enthusiasts to the Foundation’s school and family programs. Attendees included math, science, and technology educators from Pratt Institute’s Science Technology Entry Program, who have participated in a skyscraper-focused StudentDay@theCenter and are interested in further incorporating architecture and design into their curriculum.

The Foundation also took the opportunity to publicly recognize its dedicated volunteers and interns who have given their time and talents over the years. The CFAF will be hosting a party on 01.20.12 at the Center to celebrate 20 years of built environment education. The event will bring together the architects, design educators, and students who have participated in our programs since they began in 1991.

The CFAF will be presenting other events in conjunction with Archtober, including the openhousenewyork Weekend Family Festival on 10.15-16.11, and a New Buildings New York tour of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on 10.20.11. For more information about the Foundation’s exhibitions, events, and education programs, visit www.cfafoundation.org.