LSW Design CoMission



…provide students from SW Washington high schools real-world architecture experience through collaboration in all aspects of design through a semester of hands-on experience with professionals from LSW Architects.


…a semester-length design internship between LSW Architects and students from a group of SW Washington high schools. Selected through an application process, up to 12 students meet two afternoons per week and collaborate with professionals on a variety of real-world design projects. At the completion of the semester, students will present their projects in a public forum and will gain a .5 credit hour toward their studies.

Participating students gain real world experience in areas of:

  • Working in teams
  • Creative problem solving
  • Understanding of Design Process
  • Architecture and Design
  • Professional communication and presentation
  • Design software and tools


Design Co-Mission meets two afternoons a week for two hours at the offices of LSW Architects in downtown Vancouver, WA. Over the course of each semester, students will meet approximately 90 hours. Design Co-Mission sessions will include choosing real-world projects as a team, site visits, side-by-side collaboration with professionals, planning, design and presentation. Work will mainly take place both during the allotted 2-hour sessions in office. However students may need to work outside in office time to complete their semester projects. Participating students can receive .5 credit hours toward completion of their high school diploma if the 90 hour requirement has been met.


Calendar of Commitment Times for the 2016-2017 Fall Term:

2016 Calendar 2017 Calendar

Design Co-Mission Season Four

Jordan Prasad Columbia River High School, Vancouver Public Schools Senior
Alexis Martinot Heritage High School, Evergreen Public Schools Senior
Andrea Estrada Seton Catholic High School Sophomore
Artem Simonchek Hudson's Bay High School, Vancouver Public Schools Junior
Rhianna Bohn Hudson's Bay High School, Vancouver Public Schools Junior
Christian Dobbins Union High School, Evergreen Public Schools Senior
Jonathan Wang iTech Preparatory, Vancouver Public Schools Sophomore
Nick Schmit Hudson's Bay High School, Vancouver Public Schools Junior

Project Description:

Partnering with Journeyman International, students worked on a humanitarian project called Heartland which consisted of an agricultural micro-home community in South Africa for Heart Capital.  Heart Capital’s mission is to train township citizens in agricultural production to provide income and create healthier diets for South Africa’s township citizens. Students worked in groups of three and developed design concepts for Heartland, containing 20 micro-homes (15 for citizens and 5 for interns), 15 agricultural tunnels, a community gathering center, and shared bathroom facilities.  Their plans are intended to be replicated across the country, much like a franchise.  Students learned skills in client interaction, master planning, site analysis, concept development, program relationship diagramming (bubble diagrams), drawing types (plan, section, elevations, etc), hand drawing using scales, vision statements, precedent projects, and presentation techniques.

The student’s second project was an adaptive-reuse project in downtown Vancouver that considered new uses for an existing building including office space, co-working space, or multiple food vendors.  Students used SketchUp to develop their individual schemes.  They also looked at the overall site layout in hopes of creating a better connection between the building and its surroundings.  The project introduced concepts in interior design, material/color palettes, historical consciousness, and 3D modeling.


  • Dates, Deadlines and Information:
    Applications Due: September 22, 2017
    Interviews: September 25 - October 6, 2017
    Program Runs: October 10, 2017 - January 26, 2018, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:45pm to 5:45pm

    • Discuss the opportunity with a teacher or career counselor. Verify if your school district has any related requirements or restrictions on your participation.
    • Complete the Design CoMission Application form
    • All applications will be reviewed and contacted for interview
    • Final Design CoMission studio student selections will be made and notified via email. Students who are not selected are encouraged to reapply the following session.

    Questions? Please contact Merry Saari:, 360.694.8571

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