100 Girl Scouts
30 female design professionals
7,000 (empty) boxes of Girl Scout Cookies
2nd Annual Cookie Construction!
This year’s theme is Dream. Design. Do. Outdoor Adventure. For the next five months, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will work in seven teams alongside volunteer female design professionals to create three-dimensional structures out of Girl Scout Cookie boxes incorporating the theme. Their work will culminate with Build Day on March 5 at Crown Center where each team will construct their designs to be critiqued by a panel of judges!
Cookie Construction is a collaboration between The American Institute of Architects Kansas City (AIA Kansas City), Women in Design Kansas City (WiD-KC) and Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri and was inspired by a similar partnership between Girl Scouts of North Texas and AIA Dallas.
Our Girl Scouts are working with the best of the best in the field. The 30 female mentors are respected professionals and accomplished architects, interior architects and design professionals in the community. Research tells us when girls see females in their professions, they are more likely to consider them as viable careers for themselves.
While the Cookie Construction is exposing girls to careers in architecture and design and teaching them soft skills, the mentors are also learning their fair share!
“We’re fostering leadership in the girls, but were also fostering leadership within our design community,” Samantha McCloud, Architect at GastingerWalker, AIA Kansas City Associate Director and WiD-KC Chair explained. “Participating in activities like Cookie Construction as young professionals makes it more likely we’ll continue volunteering and giving back the rest of our lives.”
AIA Kansas City is excited to give its members another way to get involved in the community.
“It was a natural fit to partner with Girl Scouts to expose young women to these careers; girls need to see successful women like this,” Tiffany, AIA Kansas City Deputy Director said.
Some of the projects females at the participating firms have worked on include the Kansas City Museum, Roasterie Café, Lakeside Nature Center (International Architects Atelier), Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, Arizona State University Stadium and the University of Kentucky Stadium (HNTB), just to name a few.
“We’re creating awareness for the design field, girls are seeing these buildings and remembering that a woman played a role in building it,” Tori Jacquio, WiD-KC board member said.
Going into the second year Tiffany, Sam and Tori are now seeing the lasting impact this program has on girls. Those who were shy and timid on their teams last year have found their creative voices and are stepping up as leaders on the teams this year.
We can’t wait to see what these teams create on Build Day!
Thank you to the mentors and their architecture and design firms for helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character!
|Elizabeth||Amirahmadi||Principal Architect||International Architects|
|Natalie||Berg||Interior arch/graphic design||HOK|
|Emily||Brown||Construction Management||McCownGordon Construction|
|Laura Beth||Cochran||Architect Designer||Momenta|
|Lauren||Harness||Architect Designer||El Dorado|
|Sarah||Hunting||Engineer||KH Engineering Group|
|Erin||Hylton||Architect Designer||International Architects|
|Tori||Jarquio||Interior Architect||MM Property management|
|Kate||Moeder||Interior Architect||Hollis & Miller|
|Erin||Mumm||Architect Designer||International Architects|
|Jamie||Picow||Interior Designer||DineEquity, Inc.|
|Jacquelyn||Rakoski-Diediker||Architect Designer||Architect One|
|Laura||Stockdell||Design Engineer||Atlantic Engineering|
|Jaimie||Swanepoel||Design Engineer||Atlantic Engineering|
|Jessica||Symons||Architect Designer||Treanor KC|
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