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Grade 10 NIS Architecture Student Builds Innovation

What if we could transform the parks of Nanjing into horticultural spaces cultivated by the citizens themselves? What if they could be served by an artificial habitat including warehouses, a transparent vegetarian restaurant, and an open laboratory to bring students closer to nature?


These aren’t the questions of city experts, but ones that Sofia, Grade 10, asked during her study in the advanced Global Online Academy (GOA) Architecture course at NIS. Through the full design process of research, planning, and development, Sofia came up with innovative and sustainable ideas with a project that included schematics, 3D models, and renders, all while collaborating with peers from around the world. Her project will be featured in the prestigious GOA 2022 Catalyst Exhibition.

“I liked and benefitted from many things about this amazing architecture course,” said Sofia. “And I am proud of myself for the process that I’ve gone through. Because I am more proud of the path I have walked than the final result I have reached.”

Nanjing International School is a member of GOA, a consortium of leading independent schools from around the world whose programs offer our students a way to pursue their passions, learn with peers from around the globe, and acquire and practice modern learning skills that will serve them well in college, career and life.

GOA courses are our courses, taught by experienced faculty from renowned peer schools all over the world. This is a new kind of online class in which relationships and connections drive students to share their perspectives and learn from those of others. NIS faculty also have the opportunity to participate in GOA's world-renowned professional learning programs as they seek to continuously improve their practice as modern educators.

It’s clear that our current cohort is already benefitting from the GOA’s rigorous and exciting programmes:

“I learned a lot from analyzing others’ submissions and works, in giving and receiving feedback, in meeting with nice teens who shared my same difficulties, since in my course, I was the youngest,” said Sofia. “I learned to look at the buildings and streets of the city where I live with different, new eyes. I learned to look for solutions to the problems I see every day, I learned to go back to my thoughts to propose alternative solutions.”

And to other students who are thinking of taking part in a GOA course?

“Take this path with all the freedom of thought you have,” Sofia recommended. “Nothing is impossible. Imagine new, beautiful, imaginative, creative and brilliant things.”