Project: Building Our Future

Building Our Future is an educational program developed by Alexandra Miller that is designed to educate young women from elementary schools around New Orleans about the creative and career opportunities in architecture, urban planning, construction, development, and other built environment careers. The program brings 6th-8th graders from achievement and after-school programs together with leading women architects and construction professionals in New Orleans to learn about potential careers. By stimulating the students’ imaginations about how they would change their city, the program connects success in built environment careers to striving for success in school. The full-day, modular program includes a meeting with a female architect in a building she designed or worked on; second, an interactive design charrette exercise; and a visit to an active construction site with a female construction professional.