I’m a complete sucker for anything involving architecture, design, building and kids. Let’s just get that out there straight away. Sucker = me. 😉 So when the director of my local AIA Chapter sent me an email asking if I would sit in as a judge for this year’s Lego Competition at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH), I said “pssh, well YEAH!” And this passed Saturday I did just that. I went down to MOSH and along with two of my close Architect friends we judged the Lego Competition with ages ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grade (I believe).

And let me tell you, I am so glad that I did! These kids are just amazing. They were allowed as many Legos as they could cart in (more than a few took complete advantage of this). They could build whatever they wanted as long as it fit on the 15×20 board supplied to them (+/- 1/2″). They were not allowed to use instructions or prepared plans and could not receive help from parents or anyone else not listed as a member of their team.

Below are some shots of the entries that was able to take with my iPhone and a little help from Instagram. As architects it is vital that we are not just providers of architectural services, but also active and engaged participants in our communities as advocates for the Arts and Sciences. After all, one of these kids could be your employee in 15 years. Better to inspect the field of candidates early. 😉



Tsunami wave destroying city



Re-enactment of the fall of Troy - Trojan Horse



German Christmas - kind of a modern Bauhaus design, no?



Rock Concert



Jax Airport

There you have it. A small sampling of the genius that Jacksonville children have to offer. I’m impressed. You should be too! 🙂

Lisa Saldivar