Carmita Sanchez-Fong will give a talk at the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Architecture on Wednesday, November 4, 6-8 pm, titled “Integrated Service-Learning: A Bridge for Social Change and Innovation.” Her presentation will showcase recent service projects undertaken by Interior Design students at FIT, which demonstrate a service-learning model aimed at integrating the efforts of interior designers, architects, and contractors who believe that the design of the physical environment matters, shapes lives, and empowers people.
Recent projects include working with Long Beach families to renovate their homes after Hurricane Sandy, the Bowery Mission Women’s Shelter, Hephzibah House, a Guatemala bottle school, and Living Waters Community Center. In particular, students took part in field surveys, client interviews, schematic design layouts, and proposed finishes, and participated in hands-on construction. Her presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A. The Center for Architecture is located at 536 LaGuardia Place in Manhattan. For more information, contact Carmita Sanchez-Fong, 75577.