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Traveling architect, building exhibit comes to Buford

If you go

• What: Young Architect: Designing The Future

• When: Opens today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., runs through Jan. 19

• Where: Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford

• Cost: Free for GEHC members, $3.50 to $10.50 for non-members

• For more information: Visit www.gwinnettEHC.o...

BUFORD -- Have you ever dreamed of being an architect? Or admired buildings for structure, design and material? Well, here's a new exhibit for you.

Beginning today, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center presents "Young Architects: Designing the Future," an exhibit designed by the Children's Museum of Cleveland, which highlights famous architects and their iconic buildings.

"Young Architects" is divided into three areas -- live, work and play -- with displays of building materials, like wood, plastic and foam for attendees to learn about the different uses and purposes depending on the building.

While the exhibit is showing off the traditional ways to construct edifices, there are other fun structures to check out, like the LEGO buildings with a LEGO replica of the GEHC.

"As guests prepare to enter the exhibit, the GEHC staff thought it would be fun to let visitors see a different perspective on design creativity," said Jason West, director of programming and development. "We are excited to partner with Mark Staffa, a local LEGO enthusiast, who has built such familiar replicas as the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the Georgia Dome and much more. The GEHC replica is amazing in its detail and contains more than 13,000 LEGO bricks."

In GEHC style, the exhibit is hands-on while being an educational experience for all ages involving concepts of math and science, especially for children, according to West.

"This exhibit is a great opportunity to expose young children to building properties, building media and a possible career path for later in life," he said.

"Young Architects" runs through Jan. 19.