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Studio Design Lead/ Intern

Bridge of Grace CMC/ Tired-a-Lot Studio Bridge of Grace CMC/ Tired-a-Lot Studio Employer:
Fort Wayne, IN, USLocation:
Mon, May 7 '18Posted on:
Full-timeType:

Design Counselor  I  Tired-a-Lot Summer Studio

Department: Community Development   I   Reports to: Comm. Dev. Director   I    Effective: June 11- July 13

General Position Summary:We are looking for a highly-motivated, flexible, and energetic individual to help guide 1-2 dozen teenagers through the design process during our “Tired-a-Lot” Spring Break Studio”-a 2016 Knight Cities Challenge winning proposal that aims to promote design thinking and civic engagement to inner-city youth and increase their exposure to various design professions. The goals of the studio include using low-cost and upcycled materials to design + produce an installation that will respond to the needs -or reflect the nature and character of- the Mount Vernon Park community.    

The Design Counselor will help studio students develop design concepts in response to a community need/ concern (i.e. benches, murals, etc.). By the conclusion of the camp, students will construct (or otherwise create) a full-scale working prototype of their design solution to be installed in the Mount Vernon Park neighborhood.

Primary Responsibilities:As our Design Counselor, you will help studio students gain an understanding of the impact of design on their daily lives and develop concepts of varying scales and complexity. Your responsibilities will include collaborating with Summer Studio leadership and staff to:

  • Guide students through the process of developing concepts to activate vacant lots and designing + building individual concept components related to their overall concept. Stages of the design process (and related tasks) include: 
    • Inspiration – research, data collection, and synthesis
    • Ideation – concept development and refinement, translation of concepts from ideas to drawings and models
    • Implementation – translation of design concepts from models and drawings to full scale mockups and prototypes
    • Investigation- collecting lessons learned and community feedback
  • Provide a primer, as well as ongoing guidance and assistance, for students regarding design documentation and presentation, including verbal, graphic (2-dimensional) and visual (3 dimensional) presentation/documentation
  • Help students document and share their progress regularly via short videos and blog entries.
  • Promote an atmosphere of both encouragement and rigor for studio students and volunteers
  • Participate in daily debriefing sessions as well as lessons learned/best practices team exercise at the camp’s conclusion
  • Complete additional tasks (i.e. room setup and blog entries) as needed to run the Studio efficiently
  • Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite, as well as drafting and rendering software
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and graphic communication skills
  • Strong demonstrated manual drafting and scale model building skills
  • Demonstrated volunteer coordination and task management
  • Familiarity with the “Human Centered Design” or “Design Thinking” processes is preferred
  • Experience building 1:1 scale prototypes is a plus
  • Degree in architecture, landscape architecture, furniture design, or a related field OR ...
  • 3rd year or higher university student, pursuing a degree in architecture, landscape architecture, furniture design, or a related field
  • Strong affinity and aptitude for design: demonstrate that you are a designer at your core, with a passion for bringing concepts to fruition. (Demonstrated interest in social-impact design and/or reclaimed materials is a plus.)
  • Sense of imagination: open-minded about using upcycled and reclaimed materials creatively; willing to think outside the box to help teenagers meet their design goals.
  • Attention to detail and dedication to excellence: able to distinguish between good and great work and articulate the difference
  • Enthusiasm and patience working with teenagers and volunteers who want to make difference in their community
  • Understanding and/or experience working in multi-cultural settings
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative working style

Qualifications

Skills

  • Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite, as well as drafting and rendering software
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and graphic communication skills
  • Strong demonstrated manual drafting and scale model building skills
  • Demonstrated volunteer coordination and task management
  • Familiarity with the “Human Centered Design” or “Design Thinking” processes is preferred
  • Experience building 1:1 scale prototypes is a plus

Education

  • Degree in architecture, landscape architecture, furniture design, or a related field OR ...
  • 3rd year or higher university student, pursuing a degree in architecture, landscape architecture, furniture design, or a related field

Personality Traits + Relational Skills

  • Strong affinity and aptitude for design: demonstrate that you are a designer at your core, with a passion for bringing concepts to fruition. (Demonstrated interest in social-impact design and/or reclaimed materials is a plus.)
  • Sense of imagination: open-minded about using upcycled and reclaimed materials creatively; willing to think outside the box to help teenagers meet their design goals.
  • Attention to detail and dedication to excellence: able to distinguish between good and great work and articulate the difference
  • Enthusiasm and patience working with teenagers and volunteers who want to make difference in their community
  • Understanding and/or experience working in multi-cultural settings
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative working style

Reports to: Bridge of Grace Community Development Director            

Compensation:  $2500, Weekly stipend of $500, Complimentary on-site housing available

Job Type: Full time, Temporary

To Apply: Send letter of interest, résumé, and portfolio to rbradley@bridgeofgracecmc.org

Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No applicant for employment shall be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, age, reprisal for engaging in anti-discrimination activities, protected genetic information, sexual orientation or parental status.

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