Resources for bringing architecture to the classroom.
Architecture in Education www.aiaphila.org/aie Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects - Philadelphia, the webiste features detailed lesson plans as well as reading lists and tips for educators and architect volunteers.
Architecture-It's Elementary! Curriculum Guide K-5th Grade Excellent curriculum guide from AIA Michigan and the Michigan Architecture Foundation.
The Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings
“The Architecture Handbook is an innovative college prep architecture handbook for high school students featuring 23 chapters including hand-on activities, math and reading problems, and step-by-step lessons aligned to Illinois state standards, ITEA National Standards, and Architectural Drafting Cluster Standards."
American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE) www.aia.org/cote_default
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.
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program www.arkansaspreservation.org Education Outreach Program
Built Environment Education Program (BEEP)
Sponsored by the AIA California Council, BEEP offers a full lesson set for a semester-long curriculum.
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.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago's program offers self-guided walking tours, programs for high schools students with the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a design competition.
Create a Co-Op City
www.co-opcity.com Author Peter Barricelli makes a case for using scale drawings in the classroom.
Lesson Plan Library includes Ant Architecture and others relating the built environment of animals to that of humans. Most lesson plans are multi-visit oriented.
“Discover Design is a free web-based learning tool that empowers teens to gain real-world problem solving skills through the design process. Teens learn about green design principles, receive peer and professional feedback, and explore a variety of design challenges.”
Kreeger Museum Completed in 1967, the Kreeger house was designed by renowned arhcitect Philip Johnson. Extensive tour and workshop for children www.kreegermusuem.org
Library of Congress images www.loc.gov
Math and Architecture A link to websites with activities for teaching math www.mathforum.org
National Building Museum
School programs, summer programs, educator resources for learning about the built environment
Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation
Architecture in the classroom, from lessons relating to "open house," earth week, foreign language, and music. Not a Pittsburgh focus.
Activities for all ages based on the work of Mario Salvadori, the late engineer who wrote, Why Buildings Stand Up as well as Why Buildings Fall Down.
Websites of Interest History Link: www.historylink.org
American Architecture Foundation: www.archfoundation.org
Architectural Record: Architecture information
National Park Service: www.cr.nps.gov/nr
Public Broadcasting System: www.pbs.org - search on "building big"
Public Resources DC Public Library Washingtoniana Collection in the Martin Luther King Library (main library branch).