ACCI’s mission is to mentor, educate, and develop creative abilities in youth to promote greater diversity in the architecture, engineering and construction professions.
ACCI is the place where imagination comes to life for metro Atlanta students. The ACCI program, based on Carnegie-Mellon’s Studio for Creative Inquiry model, consists of after-school sessions once a week where the students participate in various activities including in-class design problems, lectures, tours of construction sites and architectural workplaces. These activities are designed to create a new sensitivity in the students about the environments in which they live, work, and play, while developing their creative skills.
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The ACCI Curriculum
As stated the ACCI program is based on Carnegie-Mellon’s Studio for Creative Inquiry model. Our curriculum focuses on drawing on students’ creative and conceptual thinking and presentation of ideas in architecture. Our students draw, design and make models and are challenged to imagine a design for their community. The program and its Director are committed to increasing public awareness of architecture as a profession and to expanding pathways to the field for minority youth.
ACCI’s paid instructors come from both an academic environment and also professional practice in industry. They engage our students in weekly work sessions that produce a final model for presentation at a year-end graduation ceremony. This “hands-on” view of how abstract concepts are transformed into buildings, provide real-life experience for our student participants. In the past, these projects have ranged from sustainable and urban design to commercial and residential design.
The ACCI experience has afforded our students opportunities to earn prestigious academic awards at top notch academic institutions and they have successfully competed for competitive internships and academic scholarships upon high school graduation.
As a result of the program, several graduates have gone on to pursue degrees in the fields of interior design, architecture, engineering, and construction. If you accept the challenge, you will join a team of other students led by practicing industry professionals and university professors.