Cookie Construction 2016: Dream. Design. Do. Outdoor Adventure.



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!


Macrina Abdouch Architect Designer HOK
Elizabeth Amirahmadi Principal Architect International Architects
Claire Ashbrook Architect Strata
Natalie Berg Interior arch/graphic design HOK
Emily Brown Construction Management McCownGordon Construction
Laura Beth Cochran Architect Designer Momenta
Trudy Faulkner Princial Architect Strata
Natalie Gillaspie Interior 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
Snehal Kadam Engineer HNTB
Resa Kemper Architect Tevis Architects
Alison Lampier Architect Designer HOK
Sarah Masalskis Interior Architect HNTB
Kate Moeder Interior Architect Hollis & Miller
Erin Mumm Architect Designer International Architects
Megan Pfau Interior Architect HNTB
Jamie Picow Interior Designer DineEquity, Inc.
Jacquelyn Rakoski-Diediker Architect Designer Architect One
Harsha Royyuru Architect Designer HOK
Mariah Scott Architect Designer Treanor
Ashley Simpson Architect Designer HNTB
Molly Smith Interior Architect HNTB
Laura Stockdell Design Engineer Atlantic Engineering
Jaimie Swanepoel Design Engineer Atlantic Engineering
Jessica Symons Architect Designer Treanor KC
Emily Tilgner Engineer McCownGordon Construction

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