9th Grader’s Playhouse Design is Finalist in Architectural Competition

Will Fleming

Treasure Mountain Junior High 9th-grader, Will Fleming, is a Grand Prize finalist in the inForm Architecture Student Playhouse Design Competition. The competition, open to K-12 students along the Wasatch Back, was to see who could dream up the best playhouse.

The rules?

– Maximum size of 10’x10’x10′

– It should inspire active play and/or learning. Designs should have a theme or design concept.

– Design by hand, computer model, physical model, or use all of these.

Will learned about the competition from his Park City High construction teacher Jordan Ulrich who assigned the design as part of his Intro to Construction Technology class.

“I had a lot of fun with it, and mostly designed it for myself,” said Will. He used Sketch-Up Online, a web-based computer modeling software to design his 3D-model playhouse.

His teacher Mr. Ulrich said this was a great alternative to hands-on learning during social distancing. “I am so proud of Will for his accomplishment despite the challenges associated with online learning and a project like this,” he said.

The community will be able to vote for Fleming’s design on social media. That link will be posted via the district’s social media channels in the coming days.

“This assignment was the highlight among all the challenges of the pandemic,” said his mother Ebony Fleming. “He hasn’t been to see his friends or go to school, so this assignment was a blessing. He really enjoyed it. He took his time and designed it the way he wanted to.”

Mr. Ulrich’s classroom is supported by donations to the Park City Education Foundation.