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Next Generation Design Institute

Posted: June 13, 2006, 8:00 am

“This is your opportunity to imagine greater possibilities, create real-world solutions and inspire the world around you. This is your opportunity to find your passion. This is your opportunity to let your light shine and be powerful beyond measure.”

Several years ago, Huckabee developed a unique educational partnership called Huckabee University that allows students in area school districts to work in our office for one week to learn more about the architecture, engineering and construction professions.

In 2006, Huckabee University became part of a new program called the Next Generation Design Institute. Through NGDI, there is not only a summer program offered to local high school students, but also a collegiate internship program for graduate students in the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture.

The project, “Nomadic, Adaptive, Learning, Environment” (N.A.L.E.), is focused on bringing learning environments into communities that are stricken by devastation, poverty, isolation, or catastrophic events. The capability for children to continue learning, keeping a sense of identity, and to maintaining a feeling of “normalcy” while the communities rebuilds is essential. Empowering the next generation of leaders is the only way we as professionals, educators, parents, and as humans can insure a secure future for generations to follow.

The program ran June 16-23, and the final presentation took place on June 24 at UT Arlington’s School of Architecture. For more information, visit www.nextgenerationdesigninstitute.org.

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