Architecture in the Schools


Architecture in the Schools (AIS) matches volunteer architects with public school teachers to enrich the learning experience of children. With the aim of reinforcing core academic skills, AIS teaches children how to exercise their analytical and creative skills through the architectural design process. Architecture in the Schools also fosters a heightened civic consciousness, bridging the gap between what is learned in school and everyday life.

Fall 2019
October 7-December 16

Spring 2020
February 24-May 11

Interested in bringing Architecture to your school? Apply now

Are you an architect or architecture firm looking to get involved? Contact Rachel Simonson!

AIS has reached more than 20,000 children in metropolitan Washington DC schools in all wards of the District since it began in 1992. In 2003, Virginian schools from Arlington and Fairfax county joined the AIS program. That same year, AIS undertook a special project with Leckie Elementary School.

AIS in Fairfax County!

MV Leckie Elementary School 9/11 Memorial

Architecture in the Schools is a joint program with The Architects Foundation and Armstrong World Industries Foundation.

Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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