The Integrated Design Studio (IDS) at Newberg High School is a multi-disciplinary, project-centered approach to teaching and learning. Our students are thinkers and makers, designers and builders, hackers and hipsters, future plumbers and physicians. We employ a design process rooted in empathy, collaboration, discovery and action to develop projects that ignite change within our community. We believe in the leveling power of education, and that the best learning occurs when we get our hands dirty.

This year, IDS is teaming up with the Newberg chapter of Love INC and GFU’s Servant Engineering Program to provide cost-effective, sustainable housing for precariously housed individuals in our community. For its part, students enrolled in IDS will design, build and deliver one tiny house. Love INC will provide client vetting services and ongoing client support through its network of faith-based affiliates. GFU engineering students will provide technical expertise in the design and fabrication of a clean water filtration and waste treatment system. Our tiny house will be made available to a resident of Love INC’s Newberg Community Shelter.

Design of the tiny house has begun, and last Friday we held our first design review at Newberg High School. We were lucky to have four critics on hand, all with different professional expertise within the construction industry. Joining us were Russ Ragsdale (Ragsdale Design and Remodel), Jay Ouellette (Ouellette Engineering Inc), Tina Enomoto (Enomoto Designs), and Emily Smietana (Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio).

Emily Smietana of Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio in Portland provides critique for our IDS students.

Tina Enomoto breaking it down for IDS student at our first design review.

Our design will continue to evolve throughout the month of March as students begin to specialize and hone different components of the tiny house.  Construction (more like, demolition) has already begun on the trailer chassis.