Student Summary:

The Design Charette day was fun and exciting.  Everyone enjoyed themselves.  Nita Gamble gave us the information about Ujima Garden to get us all started.  We also had guests who lent a helping hand.  We started on our own site plans in groups. we progressed a lot out of the little time we had   and once we finished we presented our concept plans which turned out great! Everyone had different ideas and great concept plans,  collages, bubble diagrams and key ideas maps. We all had a blast!

-Stephanie (Workshop Participant)

Workshop Observations:

1/ Rainfall capture system

2/ Garden site contaminated- Tool Shed will be installed on temporary site

3/ Wheelchair accessibility

4/ Client wanted to keep plants on-site (crabapple trees)

5/ Client would like future mural design by art institute students to be visible from garden site

6/ Ornamentals and seating/ table area are to be on Central Park

7/ Service area on back of site for soil/ woodchip delivery

8/ “L” shaped tool shed

Our client for this summer will be the West Humbolt Park Development Council and more specifically, the Ujima Community Garden Project.  They are building a sustainable urban garden (near Garfield Park on the West side) and have asked us to provide a master plan and to help them construct outdoor furniture, a place for tool storage, and/or a rain harvesting system.  Our Workshop team, working together with the client, aims to build a creative and professionally designed project!

Instructor Summary:

The 2010 Summer Design-Build Studio will meet regularly (M-Th) at Curie Metro High School between 8:00am and 12:30pm; Friday meetings will be off-campus and will involve trips to the project site and other related adventures.  Our team is comprised of 12 Chicago Public High School Students, 1 CPS Instructor, and 1 ACE program director.  We are additionally supported by the ACE Board of Directors, many volunteering construction industry professionals, and the client organization(s).  Financial support is provided by the Chicago Public Schools and Bovis Lend Lease.


CPS Instructor: Tom Miller

contact p: 773.710.6312    e:


ACE Director: Matt Snoap

p: 312.505.7453  e:



Students come from a number of schools across Chicago, including:  Curie Metro High School, Lane Tech College Prep, Simeon Career Academy, Benito Juarez Community Academy, King College Prep, et al.

A.C.E. / Chicago Public School’s

Summer Design-Build Workshop

Welcome to the 2010 inaugural ACE Summer Design-Build Workshop!  Please see the links above for program schedule, maps and contact information.

The ACE / CPS Design-Build Workshop is a unique summer jobs program that develops design and construction skills though a 2-month, hands-on summer studio.  The workshop will be responsible for the design and construction of a full-size structure, as required and defined by our client. Participating students will be paid $8/hour to engage with a rich learning experience and contribute positively to the Chicago community!