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Built Environment Education Program (BEEP)

BEEP!  The train is leaving the station…

The San Diego Architectural Foundation’s Built Environment Education Program (BEEP), an effort dating to the 1990s, is generating new interest through the development of a BEEP Manual for area educators and built environment professionals to teach educational concepts using San Diego’s built environment.  The BEEP Manual Project helps to implement the SDAF goals of education and outreach, and is intended to provide a permanent direction for future program participants.

The BEEP Manual Project has received extensive support from five student facilitators who are seniors in the Urban Studies & Planning program at the University of California, San Diego.  From October 2008 forward the group has researched and developed thematic lesson plans for the first edition of the BEEP Manual.  The group meets weekly with SDAF Board Member and Education Chair/BEEP Coordinator Wendy L. Tinsley Becker, AICP to discuss project ideas, local architecture and planning models, and lesson development in support of the following thematic areas:

-Architectural History,

-Planning & Building Cities,

-Architecture as Geometry,

-Sustainable Planning & Design,

-Landscape as a Resource, and

-Human Geography.

To-date the group has completed 15 draft lessons and projects, and are currently awaiting comments from the stakeholder review group comprised of built environment professionals, SDAF Board Members, and area educators from Correia Middle School and the Golden Hill School.

A project meeting is planned for Saturday February 7, 2009 to obtain feedback from reviewers and BEEP enthusiasts, and to discuss the next steps for the project including graphic design and layout of the BEEP Manual and implementation of a pilot program at local schools in Fall 2009.

For information on the BEEP Manual Project, to volunteer your time and expertise, or to provide a donation toward printing costs and project supplies, please write to











Many thanks to our BEEP Student Facilitators from UCSD’s Urban Studies & Planning undergraduate program. From left to right: Eric Chen, Amanda Irvine, Kyle Ancheta,

Luke Hazelwood, and Laura Comstock.