Sharing the Excitement of Architecture With a New Generation

December 13, 2022

Sharing the Excitement of Architecture With a New Generation

At Goodall Homes, we believe that investing in the community is the foundation of our success. That’s why we were thrilled when Goodall Homes architecture team members were recently invited to share their perspectives with students at Lakeview Elementary, a STEM-focused school in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

Lakeview Elementary implements science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs that help students prepare for successful careers in various fields. Children learn skills that will help them succeed in STEM careers while also gaining skills and experience relevant to multiple interests.

With a focus on hands-on learning and real-world applications of concepts, Lakeview's curriculum helps students develop various skills that will serve them well in a rapidly changing world. These “21st-century skills” include problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and more.

Damon Hill, Goodall Homes Corporate Director of Product Development, and Ariel Scharpen, Senior Architecture Coordinator, met with Kelsey McCaw’s fifth-grade class to share a presentation on architecture and the work that architects do.

Damon and Ariel offered the class an introduction to architecture and design while also sharing their personal experience in the field. “We truly love what we do and are happy to share it with others," Damon said.

The duo also shared their personal journey into the roles they hold now. They explained their career paths and some of the exciting experiences they’ve had working in architecture and design.

Ariel told the class about her visit to the Great Wall of China. “Architecture is everywhere,” she said, explaining the ways that architecture is woven into the fabric of places all over the world.

Ariel and Damon offered the students a first-hand look at what it takes to be an architectural designer and the kind of projects that designers work on at Goodall Homes. They told the students about the collaborative process that goes into building a new community development. In addition to their design work, they also get to interact with the sales, marketing, and land development teams.

They also shared some of the things they enjoy about their work, like traveling to different places to work on new projects. And, because there’s always something new and different to work on, the job is always interesting and exciting. 

Ariel and Damon had a blast sharing their stories with the children of Lakeview Elementary. As Damon put it, "It's rewarding getting out and sharing our passion for what we do with those who are just getting started thinking about the career paths that they are interested in.”

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