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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 Three

Wavy Haired Girl

Project Description:

In this season of Design Co-Mission students first focused on a tiny house project. Each student designed a tiny house to best correspond and benefit a certain demographic that they researched. Then, students paired up and designed an addition for Sunstone Montessori School. The addition was intended to compensate for a greater influx of students and better equip classrooms for learning.


  • Dates, Deadlines and Information:
    Applications Due: January 31, 2017
    Interviews: January 31 - February 6, 2017
    Program Runs: February 7 - June 1, 2017, 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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