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For Immediate Release
November 4, 2013

BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER ROBERT LIMANDRI ANNOUNCES SIXTH SEMESTER OF JUNIOR ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS PROGRAM

Program Kick-Offs With Borough Commissioner Martin Rebholz Teaching Fourth Graders at Public School 36 in Manhattan

More than 750 Students Have Participated in the Junior Architect and Engineers Program Since 2011

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today announced the start of the sixth semester of Junior Architects and Engineers, an educational program which encourages elementary school students to become future leaders in New York City’s design and construction industry. This innovative program allows public school students to speak directly to the Department’s architects, engineers, and inspectors; all while learning about how the agency works to ensure safe and lawful construction in the city. By combining simple math and science concepts with interactive demonstrations, students are introduced to the world of architecture and engineering in a way that is accessible to them. Since the Department launched Junior Architects and Engineers in March 2011, more than 750 students have participated in the program citywide.

“Junior Architects and Engineers is one of the most highly-anticipated programs that the Department offers,” said Commissioner LiMandri. “It is an opportunity for our staff to share the experience they have gained in the field with students in the classroom. This introduction to construction and design helps students better understand the world they live in; all while inspiring them to pursue careers in this important industry.”

Each Junior Architects and Engineers class consists of a two-part curriculum that begins with a 45-minute presentation in the classroom. The presentation provides real-life examples of the responsibilities entrusted to architects and engineers, and poses challenges to students, such as asking them how much a building weighs. At the end of each class, students are asked to draw a picture of their favorite building in the borough where they live. The drawings are later put on display at the Department’s borough offices for public viewing. In the weeks following each class, students are invited to tour their respective borough office to learn about the Department’s day-to-day operations first-hand. During the visit, students learn how construction plans are submitted and reviewed, as well as how records are properly stored.

During the fall semester of Junior Architects and Engineers, the Department will visit visiting the following schools:

  • Public School 36 in Manhattan (November 4, 2013)

  • Public School 380 in Brooklyn (November 7, 2013)

  • Public School 85 in Queens (November 8, 2013)

  • Public School 74 in Staten Island (November 14, 2013)

  • Public School 33 in the Bronx (November 22, 2013)

For more information on the Junior Architects and Engineers program, please visit www.nyc.gov/buildings. If you are interested in having the program visit your school, please send an email to JrArchitectEngineer@buildings.nyc.gov.

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