VIRTUAL CURRICULUM

CURRICULUM RESOURCES

Keep these documents handy, you will refer back to them often throughout the year.

Request for Proposal: Design a Treehouse

ACE Houston Student Workbook

SPRING SEMESTER 2021

Meeting calendar

Weekly Curriculum

Week 1, January 26-28: Introduction to Visualization Methods

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here.

  • Introduction to the new semester and what to expect

  • What visualization methods are most commonly used in the AEC industry?

  • Introduction to modeling/rendering software packages

  • Try your hand at rendering and visualizations with a group activity

RESOURCES:

ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 2:

  • Watch these videos: Rethink Careers in Construction, RDA's "Who Built This City" Discussion

  • Read this article: Building Skills with 'Generation NEXT'

  • Research these topics: ProCore, Construction Trades, Construction Management

  • Project applications:

      • For students who participated last semester:

          • Create a shell of your treehouse in SketchUp or Revit

          • Go back to your existing hand sketches and add some of the visualization/rendering/shading techniques you learned this week

      • For students who are new to ACE this semester:

          • Review the RFP (see above)

          • Review Fall Semester, Week 1 Curriculum on napkin sketches (see below)

          • Sketch initial ideas for your treehouse

          • Search for inspiration for your treehouse design online

RECORDINGS:

Week 2, February 2-4: Introduction to construction Trades

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here.

  • Introduction to construction trades

  • Concepts of cost estimating and scheduling

  • Introduction to plan reading and different types of construction and design plans

  • Students will try their hand at reading plans with an interactive activity

RESOURCES:

  • ProCore Activity (see slides for login information)

ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 3:

  • Watch these videos: New York is Building a Wall to Hold Back the Ocean, Flood Defenses for New York

  • Read this article: Tokyo is Preparing for Floods Beyond Anything We've Seen

  • Research this topic: Buffalo Bayou Park Houston

  • Project applications:

      • For students who participated last semester:

          • Determine which trades you will need to build your treehouse

          • Refine your cost estimate based on the updated labor requirements: what construction activities would need to happen first, second, third, etc.

      • For students who are new to ACE this semester:

          • Continue to sketch treehouse design

          • Review curriculum from fall semester on bubble diagrams

          • Make a list of all spaces/rooms in your treehouse (programming)

          • Start a presentation slideshow to document your work; include your napkin sketch and bubble diagram

RECORDINGS: Coming Soon

Week 3, February 9-11: Site Planning, Sustainability & Landscape Architecture

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here.

  • Concepts of site planning and visualization

  • Introduction to sustainable design concepts and green infrastructure

  • Basics of landscape architecture

RESOURCES:

  • We'll be using Miro Board again this week for our activity; create a free account here

  • Complete this waiver to participate in our Build it Forward at Home activity starting next week; waiver due 2/12/2021

ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 4:

  • Watch this video: Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Foamcore House

  • Read this article: Architects Reimagined Chicago's Tribune Tower with Abstract Skyscraper Models

  • Research this topic: Architectural Model Materials

  • Build: A tall tower out of paper

  • Project applications:

      • For students who participated last semester:

          • Expand sustainable design aspects to your treehouse and include cost in your estimate

          • Create a site plan; include your treehouse, yard, home, nearby homes/neighborhood

          • Draw a section of your treehouse and site or cut one in your 3-D model

          • Add landscaping to your site in your model; why did you include each different type of plant?

      • For students who are new to ACE this semester:

          • Determine materials for your treehouse and use those ideas to further refine your sketches

          • Draw a section of your treehouse

          • Add sustainable design aspects to your treehouse

RECORDINGS: Coming Soon

  • Tuesday

    • Guest Speaker: Christina Hughes, Walter P Moore

    • Activity Introduction

  • Wednesday

    • Guest Speaker: Eric Burnside and Courtney Alexander, Inventure

    • Activity Introduction

  • Thursday

    • Guest Speaker: Scott McCready, SWA Group

    • Activity Introduction

Week 4, February 23-25: BUILD IT fORWARD

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here.

  • Concepts of scaled model building

  • How to use tools safely and effectively

RESOURCES:

  • We'll be using Miro Board again this week for our activity; create a free account here

  • If you still need tools/materials for Build it Forward at Home activity starting this week, complete this waiver and email it to students@acementorhouston.org

ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 5:

RECORDINGS: Coming Soon

  • Tuesday: Activity Introduction

  • Wednesday: Activity Introduction

  • Thursday: Activity Introduction

WEEK 5, MARCH 2-4: eNGINEERING rOUNDTABLE

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here.

  • Learn about a day in the life of various disciplines of engineers

  • Celebrate E-Week by meeting and networking with engineers

ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 7:

  • Watch these videos: Watch a 57-Story Building Go Up in 19 Days, How to Dispose of a Skyscraper

  • Read this article: World's First 3-D Printed Home Community

  • Research these topics: SAM (Semi-Automated Mason) Robot, 3-D Printing Construction, Prefabricated Construction

  • Project applications:

      • For students who participated last semester:

          • Expand on one area of engineering in your treehouse presentation: MEP, structural, civil, etc.

          • Continue working on your birdhouse construction

      • For students who are new to ACE this semester:

          • Determine which aspects of engineering you may need for your treehouse

          • Continue working on your birdhouse construction

RECORDINGS: Coming Soon

  • Tuesday Featured Engineers:

    • James Turner, Process Engineer, Fluor

    • Yubrani Pinch, Traffic Engineer, Walter P Moore

  • Wednesday Featured Engineers:

    • Sierra Matlock, Aerospace Engineer, Barrios Technology, LTD

    • Sameer Shah, Electrical Engineer, Bechtel Corporation

    • Yubrani Pinch, Traffic Engineer, Walter P Moore

  • Thursday Featured Engineers:

    • Sade Grzywa, MEP Engineer, EEA Consulting Engineers

    • Lauren Madison, Structural Engineer, Dally + Associates, Inc.

    • Thomas Dunnahoe, Environmental Engineer

    • Youssaira Belmokadem, Transportation Engineer, Stantec

Week 6, MARCH 9-11: cONSTRUCTION sITE vISIT

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here.

  • Tour an active construction site from the comfort of your own home

  • Hear from contractors on the progress of construction

  • Learn how to navigate a 3-D model with a Procore activity

RESOURCES:

  • ProCore Activity (see slides for login information)

  • If you still need tools/materials for Build it Forward at Home activity starting this week, complete this waiver and email it to students@acementorhouston.org

ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 7:

  • Watch this video: Office Design by Gensler

  • Read these articles: How to Virtually Enlarge Spaces Using Good Lighting, How Colors Change the Perception of Interior Spaces

  • Research these topics: Interior Furniture Design, WELL Building Design

  • Project applications:

      • For students who participated last semester:

          • Create a construction site logistics plan

          • Expand on your construction schedule from last semester: incorporate trades and provide more detail

          • Continue working on your birdhouse construction

      • For students who are new to ACE this semester:

          • Create a preliminary cost estimate and construction schedule (see template in Fall Week 4 curriculum below)

          • Continue working on your birdhouse construction

Week 7, MARCH 23-25: Interior Design

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here.

  • Concepts of interior design, including finishes, furniture, and lighting design

  • Learn how sustainability relates to interior and lighting design

  • Try your hand at designing the interiors of a lobby area

RESOURCES:

  • We'll be using Miro Board again this week for our activity; create a free account here

  • If you still need tools/materials for Build it Forward at Home activity starting this week, complete this waiver and email it to students@acementorhouston.org

ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 8:

  • Project applications:

    • Add a vision board of interior and lighting inspiration to your presentation

    • Continue working on your birdhouse construction

Week 8, MARCH 30-April 1: Career Resources

TOPICS:

Download the slides for this week here.

  • Discuss career resources: how and why to choose a career

  • Learn about other options for learning about the A-E-C industry

  • Discuss professional development opportunities: resume tips, interview skills, networking best practices, LinkedIn how-to

RESOURCES:

  • See slide 5 in the weekly presentation for requirements for your presentation

  • Use this Slides template for putting together information

ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 9, PROJECT SHOWCASE:

  • Project applications:

    • Finalize your birdhouse construction and incorporate pictures into your Slides presentation

    • Complete your treehouse design and incorporate all of your design into your Slides presentation

    • Practice your presentation for next week with your family and friends


FALL SEMESTER 2020

See all of the details, agendas, presentations, and recordings that you missed from our fall 2020 semester below!

Meeting calendar

Weekly Curriculum

Week 1, November 3-5: Welcome to ACE Houston!

TOPICS:

Download the slides from this week: Introduction to ACE, Introduction to RFPs

  • Introduction to ACE Houston

  • Fall semester overview and expectations

  • Introduction to semester project

  • Introduction to napkin sketches

SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES AND ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 2:

  1. Read pages 4-19 of the ACE Workbook (see above)

  2. Watch these videos:

  3. Create one Google Slide using your Jamboard sketches from last week and be prepared to share your work with your small group. Include the following:

    • List of program elements (type of spaces to be included in your treehouse

    • Your initial napkin sketches

RECORDINGS:

  • Tuesday

    1. Guest Speaker: Angela Cotie, Chair of ACE Houston Board, Gilbane

    2. Activity Introduction

  • Wednesday

    1. Guest Speaker: Amy Hufnagel, ACE Houston Board Member, Genesys Works

    2. Activity Introduction

  • Thursday

    1. Guest Speaker: Megan Monedero, ACE Houston Associate Board Member, Stantec

    2. Activity Introduction

Week 2, November 10-12: Introduction to Architecture

TOPICS:

Download the slides from this week here.

  • What does an architect do?

  • Introduction to bubble diagrams

  • Basics of floor plans and elevation views

SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES AND ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 3:

  1. Read chapters 9-13 of the ACE Workbook (see above)

  2. Watch these videos:

  3. Continue developing your Google Slide with the following:

    • Any items missing from last week (list of spaces, napkin sketch)

    • Bubble diagram and any elevation or plan views

    • Supplemental ideas for your space in the form of inspirational images

    • Start getting familiar with Sketch-Up, so you can be ready to create a 3-D model of your treehouse. Here are a few resources:

RECORDINGS:

Week 3, November 17-19: Introduction to Engineering

TOPICS:

Download the slides from this week here.

  • Introduction to engineering disciplines

  • Concepts of engineering, including form, structure, and building materials

SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES AND ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 4:

  1. Read chapter 14 of the ACE Workbook (see above)

  2. Explore these links:

  3. Continue developing your Google Slide with the following:

    • Structural building material selection and why you chose it

    • What other types of engineering will you need to incorporate in your design (ex: plumbing, mechanical, civil, etc.)

    • Sustainable design aspects

RECORDINGS:

Week 4, December 1-3: Introduction to Construction

TOPICS:

Download the slides from this week here.

  • What does a contractor do?

  • Concepts of site logistics, cost estimations, and scheduling

SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES AND ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 5:

  1. Read chapters 15-21 of the ACE Workbook (see above)

  2. Watch this video: Effective Essay Writing

  3. Review these resources:

  4. Continue developing your Google Slide with the following:

    • Complete any items missing from previous weeks

    • Add in your construction site plan or site logistics plan

    • Include your construction schedule and preliminary cost estimate, here's a template to start with

RECORDINGS:

Week 5, December 8-10: Presentation Skills

TOPICS:

Download the slides from this week here.

  • Basics of virtual, verbal, and visual presentation skills

  • Practice presentations

SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES AND ASSIGNMENTS TO PREPARE FOR WEEK 6:

  1. Complete your Google Slides presentation and prepare for our showcase:

    • Utilize the template presentation guide for your final submission, download here

    • Make sure you add in all of your hard work from this semester

  2. Submit your final presentation to Google Classroom

  3. Practice presenting your project to your family and friends

RECORDINGS:

Week 6, December 15-17: Treehouse Showcase

Thanks to all of our students who submitted and presented their incredible treehouse projects! We're so proud of what you accomplished this semester. Thanks also to our special guest panelists from the ACE Houston Executive Board who gave feedback and design advice on each of our presenters. Here are a few samples of the designs our students came up with over the course of this semester.