Ware Malcomb Assists with an Architecture-inspired Children’s Museum Exhibit

The “Dream it, Draw it, Build it” exhibit features three activity zones, each representing various aspects of the architectural design process.
The “Dream it, Draw it, Build it” exhibit features three activity zones, each representing various aspects of the architectural design process.

Ware Malcomb, an international design firm with 22 offices around the U.S., provided pro-bono design services for an interactive summer exhibit at the Irvine, Calif.-based Pretend City Children’s Museum. The exhibit, called “Dream it, Draw it, Build it”, ran through Sept. 3, 2018.

The “Dream it, Draw it, Build it” exhibit featured three activity zones, each representing various aspects of the architectural design process. Zone 1 (Inspiration/Process/Methodology) is where children could bring their dreams to life with a dress-up corner and inspiration wall. In Zone 2 (Drawing/Planning/Thinking), kids experimented with drafting tools and explored brainstorming processes during the initial stages of design. Finally, in Zone 3 (Applying/Building/Materiality), three free-play activities were available for kids to collaborate, experiment, and take the sketches they created in the previous zones and bring them to life.

“Ware Malcomb was proud to partner with Pretend City to inspire the future generation of architects with this unique exhibit,” says Jinger Tapia, Ware Malcomb principal of design. “It added a new dimension of summer fun for these kids.”

Pretend City inspires the future generation of architects.
Pretend City inspires the future generation of architects.

“An interactive hands-on experience is vital for children,” adds Sandra Bolton, executive director of Pretend City Children’s Museum. “‘The Dream it, Draw it, Build it’ exhibit encouraged children to explore all aspects of architecture and design by visualizing a concept and making that concept a reality. We were very fortunate to have this exhibit design sponsored by Ware Malcomb.”

Ware Malcomb client Ganahl Lumber, Costa Mesa, Calif., donated the lumber for the project.

For more information, visit Pretend City’s website.

Photos: Ware Malcomb

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