Girls Design the World: A Partnership with Chicago Architecture Center’s Annual Girls Build! Day

This March, MillerKnoll’s Chicago team and company foundation partnered with Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) to host two special events where youth were invited to explore the world of design. The events were part of CAC’s Annual Girls Build! Day, which is a dynamic fellowship for female-identifying students who are excited about architecture and design.

Nearly 200 children between the ages of 8-15 visited the CAC and 20 students came to the company’s Fulton Market showroom for hands-on exposure to the past, present, and future of design: 

The past – Students learned about legendary designers Ray Eames and Florence Knoll who played an important role in Knoll and Herman Miller's iconic contributions to the design world.

The present – MillerKnoll Chicago-based volunteers shared the many opportunities currently available in the design industry.

The future – Participants explored design as a viable career path and the potential to shape our skylines and reinvent our workplaces.

“I thought architecture and design were just tall buildings, but then I learned architecture and design are all around me, but I never noticed before!” said one student.

Inspired by the work of Ray Eames, the team invited the girls to create a Tetrahedron paper sculpture/structure. Curiosity and determination abound, the girls found the activity both challenging and rewarding.

“The workshop in our showroom was a great way to introduce these students to all aspects of design, providing them with hands-on exposure to materials, concepts, and products,” said Mikayla Gilbert, Showroom Experience Coordinator. “As these students attend classes or think about next steps after high school, we want them to see design as a possibility.”

Through Girls Build! Day, the CAC aims to serve over 200 girls and connect them to various science-based organizations throughout Chicago. Learn more about CAC and Girls Build! events here.