Model Making at Eagle Rock School

 In Culture, Design, Lifestyle / Light, Sustainable Design

Over 20 years ago, Dominique worked as a design consultant alongside architect David Barrett (of Barrett Studios), and architect and planner Jeff Winston, during the original design and construction of Eagle Rock School, located in Estes Park, Colorado. This year, Jeff Winston co-instructed a class on intentional design & architecture to Eagle Rock students, and invited Dominique and David to lead 3 sessions on architectural model making.

Eagle Rock School offers high school education and boarding for 72 select students, who are rewarded scholarships to attend. The school serves a diverse student body, providing an alternative setting and educational approach to enable students to find their own path to success. Eagle Rock School prioritizes personal development, community activism, environmental stewardship, leadership, and effective communication.

The first 2 sessions focused on building models to scale. There were few restrictions on materials or technique – instead, Dominique and David emphasized freedom of expression, as well as the importance of accommodating the human body both at rest and in motion.

Through their models, students developed ideas for changes to the Eagle Rock School campus. There were a variety of proposals, ranging from the addition of a skate park, or chapel, to the renovation of the existing dormitory, or cafeteria. During the 3rd session, Dominique and David offered their perspectives during group critique. Dominique said that the students would sometimes veer into joyful chaos or unpredictability during their process – but, in the end, it all came together to form proposals that were lucid, surprising, and original. He was also impressed by the thoughtfulness and depth of the proposals – some of which may go into architectural plans and construction in the near future!

Enjoy photos of Dominique and David’s time with Eagle Rock students, below.

Gettliffe Architecture is a Boulder, Colorado architecture firm offering green design services from straw-bale homes to eco lodges around the globe. We believe that beautiful modern architectural design begins with careful consideration of earth, culture and community. Working with your ideas and vision, our team of green architects brings inspiring spaces to life that are kind to the planet and a pleasure to be in.

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