Thursday, May 30, 2013

NCSU students learn directly from MHAworks’ by working side by side

MHAworks, SEEDS and Wilson Construction with NCSU students

In an effort to cultivate the impressionable minds of the next generation of architects, MHAworks invested both time and effort through their participation in a higher education practicum program for Masters students of North Carolina State University School of Architecture .

MHAworks’ President Michael Hining and Project Manager Jared Martinson took four students in the masters program under their proverbial wing and involved them in MHAworks’ renovation to SEEDS, a local community center and garden. The students followed the progression and performed a case study on the project. This was a unique opportunity for the students to gain real-world knowledge, ranging from the preliminary design to the aggregation of construction documents to the construction administration phase.

At the end of the semester, NCSU Student Emily Faber reflected, “This project has given us insight into the professional practice of architecture by depicting a real world client-architect relationship as well as the interaction between the architect and the various project constituents. Observing this process taught us all of the correct ways to be successful architects, and we genuinely look forward to the success of the SEEDS project. Much like this academic program, MHAworks and SEEDS are focused on building for future generations.”

MHAworks is partnered with Durham Public Schools, Durham Tech and NC State to cultivate several ventures that aim to enhance education possibilities for youth and provide avenues for them to become further integrated in the AEC industry. Founded in 1988, MHAworks is a commercial architectural firm serving clients from offices in Durham and Greenville, North Carolina. With a staff of 29 professionals, MHAworks provides planning, architecture and interior design. Find out more about MHAworks at

SEEDS is a non-profit educational community garden that teaches respect for life, for the earth & for each other through gardening & growing food.

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