Architectural Design Teacher Resources

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World Trade Center Design Proposals

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore architectural design.  In this critical thinking and architecture lesson, students view a number of websites providing proposals for design plans of a new World Trade Center.  Students choose and evaluate three possible...
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Math and Architectural Design in Relation to Rebuilding The World Trade Center

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Young scholars discover building plans and practice reading measurements.  In this architectural design lesson, students investigate the areas of the specific World Trade Center locations that need to be rebuilt and determine the cost....
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MCA Building-Architecture

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners explore principles of design and mathematics to create structures as well as the aesthetic considerations involved in designing a building. They design a museum reflecting what is inside the museum while demonstrating an...
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Fun-Factory - NOT!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students design a solution to a problem based on the Industrial Revolution. In this design lesson plan, students come up with architectural designs and present them to teachers in a simulated factory.
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Ancient India Contributed Architectural Designs to the World

For Teachers 4th - 5th
  Students view a PowerPoint presentation with pictures about ancient India to discuss the impact India had on the world’s architecture.  In this history instructional activity, students use discussion questions to guide their...
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Sustainable Design

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students are introduced to the concepts of sustainability and green design when discussing architecture. Individually or in groups, they are to design a structure in which incorporates the these concepts. They are also graded on the...
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Fly, Fly Away

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use materials from their own environment to design a kite. In this kite design lesson, students research the history of kites and obtain a formal mathematical definition of a kite. Students sketch kite designs after discovering...
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Design That Makes a Difference: Focus on Shelters and Water

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students analyze three different types of temporary shelters and their designs for environmental factors. In this shelter design lesson, students analyze how designers address environmental problems for homeless or refugees. Students...
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What is a Skyscraper?

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Skyscrapers are amazing feats of architectural design that create the iconic skylines of the world's biggest cities. Young architects explore the defining characteristics of these monstrous towers with the first lesson in this four-part...
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Cemetery Art And Architecture Detectives

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars investigate the architecture found in cemeteries in order to separate different time periods of distinct design. The use of examples helps them to recognize the design in correlation to its time. The activity is delivered...
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Paper Architecture - Designing Human Spaces

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students design, then construct an architectural structural model of a two-person dwelling. Then, Students, in groups, plan a city layout.
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Legacy of Ancient Civilizations Today

For Teachers K - 4th
Students examine architectural structures of ancient civilizations by viewing a slide-show.  In this architectural design lesson plan, students observe a slide-show showcasing many historic buildings and structures that have lasted...
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Are You a Golden Ratio?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the concept of the golden ratio in nature and architectural design. They discuss examples such as petals on a sunflower and the Parthenon. In small groups they take turns measuring their body parts to find a golden ratio.
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Math: Designing a Playground

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders design and draw a model playground to scale. They configure the layout to include a sandbox, slide, baseball field and other equipment. Their design includes adaptations for students with disabilities. Their designs are...
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Architectural Relief Tiles

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Learners observe the design of buildings, either first-hand within their communities or with photographs. The design relief tiles representing buildings studied and use the vocabulary of design elements and construction materials used in...
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Hyperlinking Partnership

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students get involved in a unique collaboration that enhances their knowledge of architecture and design. Develop organizer resources with others. They are engulfed into a world of architects and museum specialists to facilitate the...
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Using Geometric Shapes in Architecture

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders identify two and three dimensional shapes used in architectural designs by viewing images on the Internet.  In this geometry lesson, 3rd graders create their own building designs and identify the geometric shapes that will...
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If These Walls Could Talk

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Students investigate the influence of the Enlightenment on American society and government. In this Enlightenment lesson, students work cooperatively in groups to define the principles of the Enlightenment, American democracy, and...
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Dream Building: Frank Lloyd Wright 1867 – 1959

For Teachers 10th
As a part of an architecture unit, 10th graders research and draw a building's exterior. They view images of buildings Frank Lloyd Wright has designed, attend lecture, conduct research on architectural design, and then draw an exterior...
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Lesson New Museum: Exploring the Building

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the possibilities of buildings, public spaces, and architectural design. Learners examine the work of SANAA architects Sejima & Nishizawa through background information, images, and guided class discussion. This lesson...
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Portland Architectural Tour - Activity 1

For Teachers 4th - 11th
Students research architectural designs of the Portland, Oregon metro area in this excellent lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. While this unit is written with Portland, Oregon in mind, teachers can adapt for any geographic...
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Clay Sand Castles

For Teachers 1st - 5th
You can start off this sand castle art project by previewing the included architectural vocabulary. Learners explore images, the web, and books that show both sand castles and architectural design. They then get creative and make their...
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Lesson: That's Not Natural

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Any time kids engage in a design project, they are building problem-solving skills, collaborative learning skills, and creative thinking skills. Upper graders take a nature walk to observe and sketch organic shapes and lines that they...
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Imaginary Spaces: Designing a Play Space

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Young scholars apply their enthusiasm for imaginary play to create their own imaginary play space. In this novice architectural design instructional activity, students arrange and glue pre-cut foam shapes to a cardboard base to set up...