Chris Chivetta visits architecture class at Governor’s School for the Arts
Architecture students from the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) at Centre College spent the morning working with established architect Chris Chivetta from Hastings & Chivetta Architects of St. Louis, Mo.
Chivetta’s firm primarily designs higher education facilities and has worked at more than 200 colleges and universities, including Centre. Hastings & Chivetta designed nearly every new or renovated building on campus, from the A. Eugene Brockman Commons and the Campus Center to Pearl, Crounse and Young halls.
President John Roush invited Chivetta to speak with GSA’s architects-in-training and lead them in an interactive workshop. In order to demonstrate the dynamics of managing the initial design phase of a building, Chivetta split the class into teams and asked them to draft plans for a fitness center.
According to Chivetta, the class rose to the occasion.
“They were a very bright, very energetic, and very engaging group of students,” he says. “They worked fast in groups and were really thinking about the organization of a building. They wanted to learn and jumped right in.”
Chivetta notes that in addition to working with talented young architecture students, he has enjoyed returning to Centre’s campus. “I like to walk past our firm’s buildings,” he says, “to see them used like they were designed or might not have been designed—they’ve adapted over time for that utilization, and we always love to see this.”
by Caitlan Cole
photo credit: David Flores