The architecture program supports local communities
MUNCIE, Ind. — Since 1965, the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University has worked with many different students and served the surrounding community.
In recent years, the college has partnered with businesses and organizations in more than 80 communities, including Indianapolis, Selma, and Muncie.
For just over 30 years, Scott Truex, Planning Chair, has been involved in community outreach through CAP.
“Our students, especially the Urban Planning Department, since the beginning of our program have been working in a setting where they work with community members and learn how real-world projects work,” Truex said.
Third-year student Grayson Cates also thinks these immersive learning projects are good for their future.
“We’re not just sitting in a conference learning different aspects of planning, we’re actually doing planning and learning how it actually works so that when we come into our careers we’ve done things like this before. “, Cates said.
With set schedules, called studios, students like junior Martink Spink have the opportunity to learn outside of their traditional classroom setting.
“Our immersive learning projects are extremely valuable, especially the way CAP is organized as a college, because urban planning isn’t always done in such a creative, design-driven space,” Spink said. . “So having a studio and teachers who are interested in design and creative immersive projects is very helpful.”
Another junior urban planning student, Brenden Resnick, is currently working in the Fort Wayne community.
“We’re going to work with the community and see what they want to become of their neighborhoods and see what the future holds for them,” Resnick said.
The goal of these projects is to create more opportunities for students while having a positive impact on real-world communities.
“Good planning is about that, it’s about helping the community create a vision and then helping them give them the tools and opportunities to implement it,” Resnick said.
Current CAP students are not the only ones who remain involved in the surrounding community. Some elders still work in neighboring neighborhoods.
Kristen Suding, a 2006 graduate, is now the owner of Inland Interior Design in downtown Muncie. Suding graduated with a minor in the CAP program, however, she says her time in the program has been invaluable in helping her progress in her career.
“I wanted to be able to walk into a men’s room and say with confidence that I knew what was going on in those beams, the rafters and the electricity,” Suding said. “It was really important to me to take advantage of all that Ball State has to offer in its architecture program.”
Suding also mentioned that she wanted more than just basic knowledge of different architectural topics.
“When I decided I was going to be an interior designer, I wanted to have as much information as possible about those technical details that would make me more respected,” Suding said.
The large-scale interior designer currently has a storefront located at 109 E. Main Street in downtown Muncie.
While Suding is a full-scale interior designer, she also has a storefront located at 109 E. Main St. in downtown Muncie.
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