Empowering Young People Through Design

Wednesday 19 September: 07:30 – 09:00, WA224 Conference Theatre, AUT City Campus
This event presented by ĀKAU will explore the value of youth engagement in the design process. In addition to the ĀKAU team, John Belford-Lelaulu from MAU Studio and Michael Davis from Unit Y will join the panel to discuss their experiences working with young people. All three groups have found a unique way to encourage and support up and coming architects and designers while contributing positively to the wider community. This event will be an opportunity to collaborate and voice their ideas around youth engagement in architecture. ĀKAU is an architecture practise & social enterprise primarily based in the small Northland community of Kaikohe. This unique organisation creates opportunities for youth to be involved in the design of real projects in their own community. The aim is to empower young people to harness their creativity and develop their innate problem solving power while at the same time designing projects that are contextual and authentic; a response to local culture and the environment. More information here and bookings here.

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