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Green Design Workshop Engages Youth in Design of New Ayb Campus

AUA Acopian Center for the Environment Director Alen Amirkhanian discusses green design at Ayb Educational Complex. Photo by Nare Sahakyan, Storaket.

YEREVAN–On April 27, the American University of Armenia’s (AUA) Acopian Center for the Environment (ACE) joined with Storaket Architectural Studio and Ayb Educational Foundation in organizing a workshop focused on developing a green concept plan for expanding the Yerevan campus of the Ayb Educational Hub.

The event brought more than thirty youth together to discuss environmentally friendly design solutions for the seven hectare expansion project currently being designed by Storaket.

“It was very encouraging to see all the enthusiastic and committed young people finding green design both challenging and engaging,” said AUA ACE Director Alen Amirkhanian, who presented at the workshop frameworks and accepted practices in integrating environmentally sensitive design solutions. “Having a real project on the table gave the participants concrete problems to address.”

Amirkhanian’s talk and subsequent breakout groups focused on managing water and wastewater, solid waste, energy, transportation, and green zones.

Speaking to the participants, Ayb Principal David Sahakyan introduced the school’s guiding philosophy and long-term plans while Shant Isaianns of Storaket discussed the master plan being developed for the campus.

“The theme-specific workshops generated many ideas for consideration by the architects,” added Amirkhanian. “It was very rewarding to hear one of the participating high-school students ask, ‘can we do this again?'”

Workshop participants

The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment (AUA ACE) is a research center of the American University of Armenia. AUA ACE promotes the protection and restoration of the natural environment through research, education, and community outreach. AUA ACE’s focus areas include sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity and conservation, greening the built environment, clean energy and energy efficiency, as well as information technology and the environment.

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