“It’s been a really great experience,” Newman said.
Since students normally work on 1,000-square-foot buildings, the 6,108-square-foot church project really “pushed them b eyond their limits,” she said.
And while community members can take advantage of some of the students’ ideas, Newman said the project served primarily as a real-world exercise.
Wilson also told the students that sometimes they might start with the meaning of a project and create a design from there, but they also should be open to the possibility that they might generate a design first while having only a vague idea about the meaning.
Meaning and form are elusive, Wilson said.
CAMEO President Rocio Rodriguez said that while the challenge will remain to turn one of the concepts into a workable solution that can be financially self-sustaining, she welcomed the designs and appreciated the students’ ideas.