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MCD Mobile MakeArt: AIA Kids Draw Architecture

July 23 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Bushnell Center - San Francisco Waldorf School

Take time to draw! Sketching builds our appreciation of the world around us and fosters skills essential to the architectural process.

Join MCD at Kids Draw Architecture hosted by the SF’s American Institute of Architects and The Center for Architecture + Design. Hone your sketching skills under the guidance of local architects Richard Parker, Henry Gao, and Doug Wittnebel. Craft with MCD and tour the Bushnell Center with Richard Parker, Principal of 450 Architects.

Take home a FREE exhibition-inspired MakeArt Kit and museum ticket!

Advanced registration is requested. RSVP today!

Richard Parker, AIA, LEED, Principal, 450 Architects
Richard has more than thirty years of experience providing comprehensive architectural design services. As principal and co-founder of 450 architects, Richard has been responsible for design and project management on a diverse range of projects and has extensive experience leading neighborhood community design workshops. Richard advocates for changes to state and local building codes to facilitate green building, social and environmental justice, and received the SAFE-BIDCO 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly. He lectured at the 2005 World Environment Day and 2007 Dwell on Design conferences and has written articles on sustainable building for the San Francisco Business Times and Green Home Guide’s “Ask an Expert” series. He volunteers his time with non-profit groups including Education Outside (formerly the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance), San Francisco Urban Agriculture Association, the Youth Leadership Project for a Sustainable Future, The Local Investment in Child Care Project, and has mentored youth through the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for the California Academy of Science’s Teacher Institute for Science and Sustainability (TISS) and the International Schoolyard Alliance. Richard has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and is a licensed architect in California.

Henry Gao, Gao Design
Henry is a San Francisco-based architectural designer, illustrator, artist, and photographer. He take every bit of inspiration from his childhood into his everyday work. He doesn’t just design spaces – he tell stories through them. He started sketching when he was 6 years old. When his parents saw that he could do more than stick figures, they began taking him out to architectural significant sites in China. He’d spend half and full days just sitting out there with his big sketchbook. He’d mesmerized by their proportion, symmetry, and details, and most importantly, how he felt every time he looked up. Whether he’s designing a project for a client or filming educational videos for the architectural community, there is nothing else that feels more like home for Henry.

Douglas Wittnebel, AIA IIDA LEED AP BD+C
As a practicing architect, one of my prime means of communication is with on demand sketching and design drawing. With the immediacy of the sketch and the drawing comes the slow increase of delight as the sketch is created, line by line, dash and dot, hatch and scribble. This feeling of delight comes from the sensation of the mind and hand working together in tandem, and can be described as a feeling of “in the flow” calm at times and of frenzied energy at other times. The action of drawing on paper, on a wall, or on a digital tablet are all a part of the creative process of the engagement of the hand and the mind in a very cool flow of energy from within to without and on to the receptive surface. I am always prepared to investigate ideas and problems through many varieties of drawing and painting techniques, and I am at the ready to encourage the guesses and the attempts that will allow me to see all of the other possibilities that lie within a scenario or a problem. When you draw, your sensibilities awaken to the other layers and the understanding of the problem gets denser and richer and links to other real and imagined realms.

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Funding for the Museum of Craft and Design’s MakeArt programs is provided by the special interest license plate featuring the image of Snoopy, with permission and support from Peanuts Worldwide (Section 5169 of the Vehicle Code) for the Museum Grant Program under the California Cultural and Historical Endowment. Additional support for MakeArt is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in MCD’s programs do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


July 23
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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