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Architecture Students Design for the Community

KEENE, N.H., 4/24/09 - For 17 years, students from Keene State College’s Communicorps class have solved design problems for community organizations in the Monadnock region. This required course in the Architecture program emphasizes a team approach to solving complex architectural problems, giving sophomore and junior students valuable experience with real-life architectural problems. On April 30, community members were invited to see the designs at a luncheon in the Mountain View Room. Eleven student teams (34 students) created designs for six major projects.

This year’s projects included:

  • concept design for renovation of town office space for the town of Stoddard
  • design/renovation plans for the Stoddard Library
  • two projects for Southwestern Community Services: a master plan study for Rindge, N.H., and a design for a new 22-unit workforce housing project
  • design of a new synagogue for the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community
  • master plan study for a private co-housing project in Chesterfield, N.H.

Keene State offers the only four-year B.S. Architecture degree at a public liberal arts college in New England. Designed to give students a solid foundation in the artistic, scientific, and technical aspects of architecture, the curriculum offers a range of courses in studio design, building science, sustainable design, history/theory, digital technology, and practice.

For more information on the Communicorps program, contact Donna Paley at

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