Month: January 2013
Blackney Hayes Architects congratulates founding principal John Fox Hayes, FAIA, on his receipt of the 2013 Thomas U. Walter award. This award is presented annually by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects to a current member of the architectural profession, and is intended to recognize his or her contributions to the architectural community through service to the AIA and other related professional organizations. The award honors Philadelphia architect Thomas Ustick Walter, one of founding members of the AIA. His most noteworthy project was the design of the central dome and the flanking chambers for the Senate and House or Representatives at the United States Capitol in 1850. Walter served as the Capitol architect from 1850 until 1865, and is considered by many to have been a dean of American architecture.
With a password and secret hand signal, all who enter Tom Waitzman’s classroom gain passage to the Middle Ages.
Once inside, Max Lentz, dressed in a white cloak, no longer is a fourth grader at the AIM Academy in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, but “William, duke of Normandy.” Sitting nearby are classmates “Charlemagne, king of the Franks,” and “Eric the Red.”
“Why are the Vikings leaving Scandinavia?” asked Waitzman, whose classroom incarnation is “Merlin the wise.”
“Overpopulation,” Max, 10, said. “Good word,” Waitzman told him.
Waitzman’s lesson – and its theatrical trappings – is no one-time exercise. It is part of an intricate methodology to educate students with dyslexia and other learning challenges.