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Architects in the Classroom

The American Institute of Architects believes that the art and science of architecture, when integrated into K-12 core curricula and community college course offerings, enhances the students’ understanding of the built environment, encourages them to think creatively and critically about livable communities and appreciate the impact on the quality of life. 

For examples of lessons provided to classrooms, please view the following PDFs. These lessons were developed by Sabrina L. Tucker, AIA and Mark A. Humienny, AIA.     


What is the Difference between the Words "Architect" and "Architecture"?                                         


Lesson Plans

Resources for bringing Architecture into your classroom


Features elementary-level explanations of the seven categories of building types and components, from the everyday to the extraordinary.


Site with building and construction books for children, from New Yankee Workshop for Children to MacAulay publications. 

Box City - CUBE - Kansas City

Ginny Graves, an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects for her work with children and founder of CUBE, continues to produce outstanding curriculum and activities, including Box City and Walk Around the Block, for all age groups.

Math and Architecture

A link to websites with activities for teaching math. A place to exchange information about the teaching of Architecture and Design. Teach interdisciplinary, hands-on, real world math through architecture and design projects. K-12 resources, K-8 classes, professional development, and advice on where to begin.  


Related Links 

Architecture: It’s Elementary         

National AIA Architecture Education Page        

A+DEN (Architecture + Design Education Network)        

Home Energy Conversation for Kids       

Sustainable Design 

The NEED Project (The National Energy Education and Development Project) 

The mission of the National Energy Education Development Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.        

North Carolina Solar Center (Teachers and Students page)         


Accredited Architecture Schools in North Carolina

NC State University College of Design 

University of North Carolina at Charlotte 


Architectural Technology Program

Central Piedmont Community College


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