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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Future Architects Build Meditation Rooms With Boxes at NJIT

What: A group of high school students will spend the day, and most of the night, at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) building meditation rooms out of nothing more than card-board boxes – namely, UPS boxes. The project is part of the New Jersey School of Architecture’s Summer Architecture Career Exploration Program, a two-day intensive class that teaches students what it is like to attend architecture school. The students will also attend design, computer graphics and drawing classes.

When: On Thursday, July 7, 2005, at 10 a.m., a jury of architects will examine the finished projects and select a winner. The rooms will be displayed inside the School of Architecture building, near to the main entrance. Reporters and photographers who’d like to attend please call Robert Florida at (973) 596-5203.

Where: The New Jersey School of Architecture, at Warren and Summit streets.

Who: The 17 high school students -- from high schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut -- will be there, as will their parents and professors from the New Jersey School of Architecture. “UPS boxes exhibit structural forces and are a good way for students to learn how to design and build,” said Darius Sollohub, assistant professor at the New Jersey School of Architecture and associate director of a master’s program in infrastructure planning. “In this class the students learn how to work in teams to draw, design and actually build a structure, which gives them a good sense of what it is to be an architect,” Sollohub said

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.