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Architects give Baltimore students lessons to build on
Architects give Baltimore students lessons to build on

When Beechfield Elementary/Middle School fifth-graders were asked to design their dream homes 15 years ago, they almost always included a "safe room," a place where they could escape violence, according to Ayers Saint Gross president Jim Wheeler. Today, none do. Their dream houses have video game rooms and swimming pools. It's a particularly gratifying shift for the architects volunteering in the West Baltimore public school to see. "One day, we'll hire one of these students," Wheeler said. "That's our long-term goal." Ayers Saint Gross — a firm whose many projects include work on the Baltimore Convention Center expansion and the...

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