DESIGN|MOVEMENT: Architecture & Industrial Design Student Competition

Save the date! On Thursday, May 22, 2014, seniors in the DASH Architecture and Industrial Design programs will have their final jury and award ceremony at 11am in the New DASH Gallery at 4001 NE 2nd Ave (entrance on 39 Street). The scholarship awards are sponsored by Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Then at 6pm the same day on Thursday, May 22, 2014, please join us to view and celebrate fine art and design work created by graduating twelfth grade students this year at our annual Senior Showcase. Refreshments will be served and the works will remain on view through May 28.postcard-final-2014

DASH Students Design Homes for the Homeless

DesignerEd-02SEE ALSO: Students Design Solutions for Miami’s Homeless (more info/gallery)
LISTEN FROM WLRN: Students Create Blueprints for The Homeless’ Future

Re-post from The Miami Herald, Saturday, November 23, 2013

Eric Hankin, teacher at Design Architecture Senior High, a magnet school in Miami’s Design District, created a project for his students that would give them hands-on experience, as well as benefit the homeless.

“I like the idea of exposing students to real-life projects,” said Hankin, who has been teaching at DASH for 11 years. “This project will help teach them about the community and value of work.”

Hankin and 20 of his architecture/design students teamed up with Carrfour Supportive Housing, a non-profit organization that develops, operates and manages innovative housing communities for individuals and families in need, and they are designing a living unit for a formerly homeless person.

On Thursday, students at DASH presented their drawings and models of homeless housing units to a panel of professional architects who critiqued the students’ projects and will later determine how to use ideas from the work to incorporate into future affordable housing projects.

Sandra Newson, vice president of Carrfour Supportive Housing, talked about the display by the students.

“I was impressed mostly by the focus on making the space functional,” Newson said. “You can see it in their design. It was all about the use of space and making sure there was a place for everything.”

A panel of architects gave the students feedback after their displays.

Javier Font, who graduated from the University of Miami in 1986 and opened his own firm in 1991, was one of the architects on the panel and gave his input.

“It was really refreshing to see how realistic the designs are and how they applied it with what we need to do,” Font said. “A lot of times, designs are so theoretical and don’t relate to what’s going on in the real world, but these were very realistic.”

For two hours, students took turns explaining their work, taking questions and receiving feedback from the panel.

One of the students, Kayla Montes de Oca, 16, said her main focus was to design a space that would be comfortable.

“I looked at my room and wondered how I can design something that would be as spacious,” said Kayla, who is a junior at DASH and hopes to be an environmental architect. “You see how they live and you want to find a solution for them.”

Another junior, De’Naric Mikle, 16, focused on keeping his design simple.

“I tried to create something that was cool for a formerly homeless person,” said De’Naric, who plans on working in landscape architecture. “As a homeless person, you’re living on the streets and don’t need a mansion to feel at home. I tried creating something simple and fun.”

At the end of the presentation, the teacher gave the last bit of feedback and thanked members of the panel and Carrfour Supportive Housing for making this project possible.

“I’m extraordinarily proud of the work that they’re doing,” Hankin said. “You can see how supportive they are of one another, and they are learning from each other.”

Sunday Sandblast was Monumental

1Student members of the DASH Architecture Club competed as the only high school team against their local college counterparts this past Sunday, November 11th, at Crandon Park’s north beach on Key Biscayne for Sandblast 2013. Sponsored by DDS CAD and hosted by AIA Miami (American Institute of Architects) with a theme of “Monuments of World Architecture,” this year’s Sandblast competition inspired pyramid designs and a Vitruvian Sponge Bob. The DASH team earned the runner-up award for their Maoi Easter Island head design with Big Ben and the Leaning Tower of Pisa for ears and a classic Roman temple for a forehead. But the real prize was spending a perfect, warm and breezy Miami beach day together with family and friends bringing great design to life.


Guerilla Green – Architecture for Humanity

Congratulations to the Thirsty Fountain and to Pure Zephyr! Sound familiar? It should because the two teams from DASH participating in Guerilla Green have made it to the national winner’s circle for their environmental advocacy. Each team came up with a goal and moved it forward with stickers, tattoos, blogs, and other campaigning tools and now they’re finalists.

The Thirsty Fountain is the finalist team from the South region and consists of Oandy Naranjo, Gabriana Freire, and Janos Gonzalez.

Pure Zephyr is the finalist team from the Midwest as a wildcard representative and consists of Eliza Hsuchen, Winnie Zhang, and Cristina Gomez.

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Architecture for Humanity

Congratulations to DASH Architecture Student Teams among the Top 10 Finalists in the Architecture for Humanity Guerrilla Green Sustainable Showdown directly empowering youth to “Green” their schools.

Students worked in teams and given about 4 hours to come up with a submittal. See their ideas “The Thirsty Fountain” and “Pure Zephyr” among others at

Time Management Tips from Successful Seniors, Part 5 of 5

Daniel VillegasDaniel Villegas,

DASH Dispatch: In terms of workload and time management, what are the main differences between what you knew about your strand before you started versus now?

Daniel Villegas: After a lot of waiting through freshman year, I finally entered the Architecture program with high expectations. It was the class I had yearned for most, and come sophomore year, it was finally here. My expectations ran high, and all of them were met and surpassed. One of these expectations was the addition to my workload. Not until you do something yourself can you fully understand the quantity of work that goes into the process. This holds true with architecture, and becomes evident early on in the class. For every final drawing you see, there are many preliminary drafts that came before it, and those drafts usually involve countless sketches and hours of research. It might sound tedious, but for me the entire process is enjoyable and rewarding.

DD: What strategies or changes to your routine have helped you manage your workload?

DV: In order to accommodate my increased workload, I began to use the times that I would not traditionally utilize for work. I have found that working consistently in discreet portions every day, instead of attempting the bulk of the work in large spans of time, works well for me. Really, the important thing is to know yourself, how and when you work best, and then arrange your schedule to achieve the greatest efficiency. Planning ahead, I use my commute on the metro train and bus to study for upcoming tests. I find it important, however, to begin studying long before the exam, reviewing the material a little more each day instead of cramming all at once right before the exam.

DD: How do you get your work done outside of DASH when you don’t have access to the resources at school (i.e. software, sewing machines, etc.)?

DV: I typically try to have everything I need wherever I work, but sometimes, especially with computer software, the tool is not available at home. What I tend to do in that case is to make time so that, while in school, I may work additional time. With permission from my teachers, I might work during lunch and class, focusing on the section of work that I know I do not have the resources to complete at home. Another alternative I have used is to go to the home of a friend whom I know has the software or tool.

DD: In what ways have your classmates, family, or friends become a support system?

DV: As mentioned above, I have used my friends’ tools to help get my work done. At the same time, I have placed my own resources at their disposition, creating a network based on camaraderie for everyone’s mutual benefit. This network goes past lending your circle template to someone else. Sometimes it comes in handy to talk to a fellow student when you are not sure what the teacher expects. When different vantage points are coalesced, then a more encompassing view of the world around us may be realized. Though it may seem overly philosophical, the previous statement can be applied to almost anything, from discussions to trying to figure out the information that is supposed to be presented in the next site analysis drawing.

DD: What do you do to balance school work with time for rest, social activities, a job, etc.?

DV:  I organize my schedule so that I finish the assignments I least look forward to first, leaving Architecture, something I find truly enjoyable, last as a form of relaxation and reward. I also tend to use times that are usually wasted to get ahead, and thereby create time that may be used for social activities after my school work is done. This is beneficial because it means I will not be forced to cram if I go over the time I allotted myself for relaxation, and I may rest or spend time with friends without the constant worry of the upcoming assignment that I still have to finish.

Highlights from Art Basel Week

Last week was Art Basel and DASH would like to thank everyone who helped get the students to great events throughout the week. Thank you to Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz for providing tickets for the entire school to attend the main Art Basel fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center and to Craig Robins for providing the seniors with tickets to see Design Miami as a follow-up to a personal tour he gave us of the Miami Design District reconstruction going on now. Thank you also to Daniel Arsham, DASH alum and creator of this year’s Design Miami tent, for coming to speak with seniors about his architectural sculptures and his collaborations with other artists such as choreographer Merce Cunningham. Thanks to Isabel and Ruben Toledo, who spoke to fashion juniors and seniors at their show in the Miami Freedom Tower. The architecture seniors were lucky enough to see Le Corbusier’s Cabanon interior at the Cassina Showroom. Last but not least, thank you to Susan Grant Lewin for hosting a presentation for all DASH juniors given by metalsmith and jewelry designer Kiff Slemmons.

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