Curriculum

New 2022-2023 curriculum and resources coming soon!

2021-2022 Curriculum

Resources


2021-2022 Student Handbook

Pavilion RFP: Summary of Project Information & Weekly "Think About" Challenges

Pavilion Project Presentation Template

2022 Construction Industry Round Table Design and Construction Competition

Pavilion Project Sketch-Up Template



spring Semester 2022

Week 11, APRIL 12-13: Final Presentations!

TOPICS:

Students presented their final pavilion projects this week - we're so proud of all their hard work this year! Congratulations to everyone who presented their projects to the judges, we can't wait to have all of you officially join the AEC industry someday.


RECORDINGS:


Student teams: if you would still like to upload your final project presentation, please this link.

Week 10, APRIL 5-6: PRESENTATION SKILLS

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here. This week we'll talk about:

  • Verbal and visual presentation tips and tricks

  • What to expect for the final presentations next week

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Tuesday: Amy Hufnagel, Executive Director, ACE Mentor Program Houston

  • Wednesday: Ken Black, Associate Principal & Senior Project Manager, Page

RECORDINGS:

  • Tuesday

  • Wednesday

ACTIVITIES:

  • Finish working on project designs

  • Start practicing presentations for next week

Week 9, MARCH 29-30: GROUP WORK SESSION

Students and mentors will be focusing on their team projects this week, so there will be no speakers, new curriculum, or recordings.

Week 8, MARCH 22-23: GROUP WORK SESSION

Students and mentors will be focusing on their team projects this week, so there will be no speakers, new curriculum, or recordings.

Week 7, MARCH 8-9: GROUP WORK SESSION

Students and mentors will be focusing on their team projects this week, so there will be no speakers, new curriculum, or recordings.

Week 6, MARCH 1-2: GROUP WORK SESSION

Students and mentors will be focusing on their team projects this week, so there will be no speakers, new curriculum, or recordings.

Week 5, February 22-23: Leaders of the Industry

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here: Tuesday, Wednesday. This week we will:

  • Hear from special guest speakers who are leaders in the AEC industry

  • Discuss the many career pathways in the AEC industry and how to pursue a successful one

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Tuesday: Steve Parker, Principal, Stantec

Sidhesh Kakodkar, Executive Vice President - Preconstruction Services, Durotech, Inc.

Gary Poole, Principal, Stantec

  • Wednesday: Mide O. Akinsade, Principal & Design Director, Perkins & Will

Angela Cotie, Vice President of Operations - East Texas, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors

Adam Cryer, President, Pinnacle Structural Engineers

RECORDINGS:

ACTIVITIES:

  • Finish bubble diagram and programming plan for your pavilion and site

  • Create a massing model from your bubble diagram in Sketchup (see template above to get started!)

  • See examples of continued schematic design from our students' projects below!

Week 4, February 15-16: MODEL BUILDING

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here. This week we'll talk about:

  • Principles of three dimensional building modeling and the various software packages commonly used in the industry

  • Basics of physical model building

  • Introductory tutorial on how to use Sketch-Up

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Tuesday: Kevin Perks, Architect, Gensler

  • Wednesday: Kyle Meeks, Designer, Stantec

RECORDINGS:

ACTIVITIES:

  • Brainstorming session for site and style of pavilions - sandbox thinking in Miro

  • Start developing bubble diagrams for your pavilion and your site

  • See examples from the brainstorming sessions below!

Week 3, February 1-2: Construction Trades Round Table

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here: Tuesday, Wednesday. This week we'll talk about:

  • Introduction to construction trades and skilled construction disciplines

  • Career options and benefits of pursuing a career in a skilled trade

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Tuesday: Ethan Dady, Plumbing Supervisor

Mike Nanyes, Superintendent & Journeyman Electrician

Paulino Campuzano, Drywall Foreman, DPR Drywall

  • Wednesday: Lee Croft, Electrician & Foreman, WTM Electrical

Frank Lamas, Drywall Supervisor, DPR Drywall

Jose Espinoza, Project Manager (Plumbing), Gowan Inc.

RECORDINGS:

  • Tuesday

  • Wednesday

ACTIVITIES:

  • Students will be placed on their project teams for the first time

  • Begin designing your pavilion as a team using our mad lib exercise in Miro

  • See examples of our students introductory design ideas in mad lib form below!


Week 2, January 25-26: Engineering Round table

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here: Tuesday, Wednesday. This week we'll talk about:

  • Introduction to engineering and various disciplines in the AEC industry

  • Meet and interview a variety of engineers and hear about their backgrounds, current positions, and a day-in-the-life

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Tuesday: Jessalyn Nelson, Senior Associate & Structural Engineer, Walter P Moore

Mark Hoffman, Director of Design & Engineering, Houston Zoo

Chris Low, Senior Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Engineering Technician, Stantec

Claudia Cepeda, Parking Consultant, Walter P Moore

  • Wednesday: Jae Kim, Forensics Graduate Engineer, Walter P Moore

Melissa Sibley, Structural Engineer, DCI Engineers

James Thornton, Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Engineer, GK Engineers LLC

Lauren Madison, Structural Engineer, Dally + Associates

RECORDINGS:

ACTIVITIES:

  • Explore pavilion options and discuss what design you want to pursue for your project this semester

  • Think through the various types of engineering that would be required for your pavilion project

  • See examples of our students favorite pavilions that may influence their designs below!


Week 1, January 18-19: Building Interiors + Lighting + Sustainability

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here. This week we'll talk about:

  • Introduction to interior design, including materiality, finishes, furniture, equipment, etc.

  • Principles of lighting design, including fixture selection and layout

  • Basics of sustainability that relate to interior and lighting design

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Tuesday: Douglas Detiveaux, Design Director & Senior Associate, Gensler

  • Wednesday: Gail McCleese, Founder & Sensory Director, Sensitori

RECORDINGS:

ACTIVITIES:

  • Develop a sample furniture plan, fixtures plan, and equipment floor plan based on the programming provided in Miro

  • Create a lighting design layout and find inspirational images for types of lighting and fixtures to be used

  • Make a material palette with images of proposed materials to be used

  • See examples from our students below!




Fall Semester 2021

Week 7, DECEMBER 14-15: ESTIMATING & sCHEDULING

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here. This week we'll talk about:

  • Introduction to building, material, and cost estimating

  • Principles of budgeting and cost management

  • Basics of project planning and task scheduling

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Tuesday: Paul Bain, Preconstruction Manager, Tellepsen Builders

  • Wednesday: Roel Aguilar, Estimating Manager, DPR Construction

Forrest Rasmussen, PSPP, DPR Construction

RECORDINGS:

ACTIVITIES:

  • Apply what you learned today to develop a sandwich design to compete with other students. What makes your design special? Why would an eater (owner) select you to build their sandwich compared to other designs?

  • Estimate the cost of your sandwich design and use this to iterate on your design to make it even more competitive

  • See examples from our students below!


Week 6, DECEMBER 7-8: BUILDING ENGINEERING + STRUCTURAL & mep engineering

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here. This week we'll talk about:

  • Introduction to architectural massing studies

  • Basics of structural engineering design

  • Principles of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering design

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Tuesday/Wednesday: Gregory Brooks, Architectural Engineering Professor, UT-Austin

RECORDINGS:

ACTIVITIES:

  • Explore possible building forms for your pavilion design in Miro

  • Develop options for structural systems required for your pavilion

  • Research potential MEP systems that you will need for your pavilion

  • See examples from our students below!


BONUS ACTIVITY, DECEMBER 4: ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN HOUSTON



On Saturday, December 4th, 25 ACE students and mentors participated in an architectural walking tour of Downtown Houston led by AIA Houston and Architecture Center Houston Foundation Docent Justin Smith. The group met at City Hall and began the tour with an in-depth conversation about the various architects, builders and developers who shaped the skyline of Houston. Students heard the history behind buildings such as One Shell Plaza, TC Energy Center, Pennzoil Place, and the Esperson Building. They also visited several parks, including Hermann Square, Tranquility Park, and Discovery Green and compared the considerable differences between them. As they observed the built environment around them, students also sketched aspects of their favorite buildings, drawing inspiration for future design projects using sketching supplies generously donated by sponsors of ACE Houston. Special thanks to Justin Smith for sharing his vast knowledge of the history of Downtown Houston and the impact of the architecture that shaped the city!

Week 5, NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 1: BUILDING DESIGN + PROGRAMMING + VISUALIZATION

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here. This week we'll talk about:

  • Introduction to architectural schematic design basics

  • Basics of building programming and space planning

  • Principles and methods of visualization

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Tuesday: Raul Pinol, Project Architect, Stantec

  • Wednesday: Truitt Raun, Project Architect, Gensler

RECORDINGS:

ACTIVITIES:

  • Develop a spatial diagram based on an example building's needs in Miro

  • Create a perspective and axonometric rending for exterior and interior buildings in Miro

  • Find sample pictures and create a vision board to represent areas of your renderings

  • See examples from our students below!


Week 4, NOVEMBER 16-17: BUILDING ASSEMBLY + TECHNIQUES/SITE WORK

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here. This week we'll talk about:

  • Introduction to construction site logistic planning

  • Learn about the first steps at the beginning of a construction project

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Tuesday: Nedwan Winters, Project Manager, Tellepsen

  • Wednesday: Ashley Rhodes, Assistant Project Manager, McCarthy Building Companies

RECORDINGS:

ACTIVITIES:

  • Develop a plan for an example construction site, including building footprint, parking, laydown area, crane space, and more using the Miro toolkit; see examples from our students below!

  • Determine sequence of construction for various projects on one site


BONUS ACTIVITY, nOVEMBER 13: CONSTRUCTION SITE VISIT AT BELLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL



On Saturday, November 13th, about 30 ACE students and mentors toured Bellaire High School, currently under construction and designed by PBK, an ACE Houston sponsor. Students had the opportunity to walk around the entire construction site while being guided by Randi Schieber, Superintendent from Turner Construction. Randi shared various insights about the construction process, including safety guidelines, site work preparation, underground utilities, the complexity of phased-construction scheduling and the collaboration process between the owner, architect, and construction team. The students also participated in a (safe) scavenger hunt to identify basics of architecture, construction, and engineering that they have been learning about so far this semester. At the end of the tour, students gathered at the job trailer and asked various in-depth questions. Thank you, Turner Construction, for a fantastic tour to our ACE Houston students!

Week 3, NOVEMBER 9-10: INFRASTRUCTURE, CIVIL ENGINEERING, MEP SITEWORK

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here. This week we'll talk about:

  • Introduction to infrastructure and civil engineering

  • Principles of site design, including civil, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing impacts

  • Basics of utility design concepts

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Tuesday/Wednesday: Tu Truong, Civil Engineer in Training in Roadways/Transportation, Stantec

Youssaira Belmokadem, Strutural Engineer, Stantec

RECORDINGS:

ACTIVITIES:

  • Identify existing and necessary utilities on an example site in Miro

  • Consider drainage on example site in Miro by regrading the topography


Week 2, NOVEMBER 2-3: LANDSCAPE, PLANNING, SUSTAINABILITY, URBAN DESIGN

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here. This week we'll talk about:

  • Introduction to landscape architecture

  • Principles of urban design and city planning

  • Basics of sustainability

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Tuesday: Shao Lin, Architect & Design Director, Gensler

  • Wednesday: Yongfei Gu, Design Director & Senior Associate, Gensler

RECORDINGS:

ACTIVITIES:

  • Site analysis activity in Miro (see some examples from our students below!)

  • Think about selecting a site location for your pavilion project


Week 1, October 26-27: Introduction to ace houston

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here. This week we'll talk about:

  • Introduction to the new year and what to expect this year with curriculum, meetings, and schedule

  • Meet an ACE alumni and hear their story

  • Meet your mentors

  • Mentor session expectations

  • Introduction to pavilion project

RESOURCES:

  • Miro Board: We'll be using Miro again this year for activities and project work in our mentor sessions. To create a FREE account, go to www.miroboard.com

  • Zoom: Please make sure you have the most current version of Zoom; this will make navigating the breakout rooms much smoother.

RECORDINGS:

Did you miss our sessions this week? Get caught up by watching the recordings here:

ACTIVITIES

  • Student introduction cards on Miro

  • 100 pavilions activity on Miro

  • We asked our students to tell us what they think architects, engineers, and contractors do; see their responses in the pictures below!