LCA Latin students recently traveled to Deep Ellum, near downtown Dallas, and then back up to Frisco Square in order to examine and compare organic urban growth (Dallas) with limited regulation and large scale urban master-planning (Frisco). This activity provided students with a better understanding of the nature of the cities of Rome, Italy and Alexandria, Egypt at the end of the first century AD.

The best part about this field trip was getting to look at the architecture in a new light; I was noticing things for the first time, including influences from around the world in different buildings. I learned about how the rest of the world, especially Europe, influenced the buildings we have here. For example, there are a lot of French details in Frisco Square, such as the roof corners on the library.

Freshman, Lauren Keith

To help the students better understand the task before them, Latin teacher, Justin Ahlgren, enlisted the help of WRA architects, who partnered with Legacy on the design of its Upper School and west wing expansion. Firm representative Chase Howe traveled with the students to provide industry expertise regarding city-planning.

I was very impressed by not only the students, but that the Latin curriculum was tying in architecture and urban planning. It's great to see teachers finding innovative ways to incorporate real world disciplines into their classroom activities. This trip certainly shows how Latin, a language many might argue has little relevance in today's world, has stood the test of time and can still spark discussion about our world. The students were very engaged and made many great observations about the built environment in Deep Ellum and around Frisco Square. I look forward to participating in this trip again in the future.

Chance Howe, WRA Architects

During what Ahlgren hopes will become an annual trip, students gained a better understanding of the integration of architecture and language. “Our trip helped the students realize that languages are spoken by people, that those people live in specific contexts, and that the two can impact each other.”