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Welcome to Architecture! This program aims to give you the information and experience to decide if this or a related field may be something you want to pursue in the future, and its designed with some fun hands on experiences.

Classroom Rules


Week 1

Icebreaker activity (marsh mallow Challenge)

*activity Egg Drop Challenge 





Straw Bridge (100min)

The challenge is for groups (3-5 members each) to design and construct a model of a single-span bridge using plastic drinking straws and masking tape as the building materials. The bridge is to span a distance of 40 cm, with no supporting pillars to the ground in between the ends of the span, and be approximately 10 cm wide. It needs to be strong enough to support a suitable load. This might be a book, a can of food, or other object of suitable weight placed on the middle of the completed structure. See Straw Bridge Challenge Worksheet


Students learn how to design for a client, a fundamental skill in architecture. They are also asked to think outside the confines of what a wallet could be. Building these skills will encourage creative, thoughtful, empathetic design.

Design a wallet

Design a Chair  Prompts (100 min)


 *Project Elements and Principals of Design, What are they and why must we know this to be architects? Well because very rarely do we naturally know all this stuff, and good design come from a trained eye. The more you embrace these simple ideas the more you will begin to realize your design skills will be benefiting. It’s simple guidelines, and they can be broken at any time. But if you learn them and learn how to use them in whatever your art may be you will most likely be better than the competition that hasn’t learned these principals. That’s the thing, these principals apply to almost everything, from writing, painting, music, video work, graphic design, interior design, to architecture. A trained mind, can see, read, watch, or hear and understand why this something is pleasing. Your next two days in here will be spent researching and creating a 5 minute presentation explaining these elements and why or how their each connected to architecture with examples.

Create a sculpture embracing one or more of the principals of design

Design Project

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Project     Rubric

Kahoot House Styles & Vocabulary

Power Point Units 1-4


Dream House: students learn fundamental knowledge such as calculating square footage, drawing to scale, floor-plan basics, basic building code, symbols used in architecture, inside and outside design and much more.

 Step one completion of packet: DreamHouse 

Students learn to measure in scale, calculate square footage, understand symbols, use a budget to calculate costs, design a kitchen and learn building codes.

Step two: Design you dream house on graph paper

Students use what they’ve learned to design their own blueprint using quarter inch scale. 1650-1800 sqft.

Step Three: Learning how to use Chief Architect Project Rubric


Client Project: Students embrace design with empathy. Students design residential houses within 2000 square foot based on an interview and a feedback session. Part of the grade will, be determined by client, and if the design satisfies his or her needs.  

Overview of project

Refresh on different house design before starting. (*Your dream house for this project needs to be different than your Ranch Style design.)

Step 1: Interview 

Step 2: Design on graph paper 

Step 3: Design on Chief Architect or Build a Model (rubric for Chief Architect)

*note: 20 Pts. will be left up to your client to fill out through this Rubric


Model Building

This project you will research the “Modern style Eco house” on the computer, then create a floor plan on Chief Architect. When your finished with your design, your goal will be to transfer this plan into a 1/4 scale 3 dimensional Model.

An Ecohouse (or eco-home) is an environmentally low-impact home designed and built using materials and technology that reduces its carbon footprint and lowers its energy needs.

Questions I want you to answer before beginning












Prizes awarded to: best looking, best design, best idea,


Extra Planning:


History of Architecture

Week 2 – Engineering

A bridge worker walks up a cable of the newly constructed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on July 12, 2013 in Oakland, California


 Constructing the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California, 2013. Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images News / Getty Images

Begin the study of architecture with practical science and math activities. Use a deck of cards to build primitive structures. What keeps them standing? What forces make them fall? Use a bird cage to demonstrate the building of more complicated structures like skyscrapers—metal frames with stuck-on walls. Focus on these key learning points during the first week:

  • Project Design a Chair  (3days) This activity asks groups of 3 to 5 members to design and build a full-sized chair from corrugated cardboard (and a mat knife) that could support the weight of a person up to 150 lbs. for up to 1 minute. The person seated will be in a “comfortable” position with his/her back leaning against the back of the chair.(
  • Design a chair for a particular place or environment. This simple sitting tool not only supports and relaxes our weight but it also says something about the space that its in. Your group of two will have one class period to design sketch what the perfect chair would look like. Your posters will be contain labels indicating features, materials, etc.  What will your design decisions look like? Every decision should have a reason behind it. Part of being a good architect is also being able to deliver information fluently, before the end of the block you’ll have 2-3 minutes show why your design is the best for the environment that you’ve been given.

Week 2 (3 days) – What is architecture?

 Selfridges Department store in Birmingham, England designed by Czechoslovakia-born Jan Kaplický’s firm, Future Systems, is often considered Blob Architecture. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images News Collection/Getty Images

Why do buildings look the way they do? The second week of study builds on lessons learned from Week 1. Buildings look the way they do because of technology, engineering, materials, and the architect’s design vision. Focus on these architectural models:

Week 2 – Who does architecture?

MacArhutr Foundation Fellow Jeanne Gang in front of her skyscraper, Aqua Tower, in Chicago


 MacArhutr Foundation Fellow Jeanne Gang in front of her skyscraper, Aqua Tower, in Chicago. Photo courtesy of owner John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation licensed under a Creative Commons license (CC BY 4.0) (cropped)

The third week moves from “what is” to “who does.” Transition from structures to the people who make them. Be inclusive to all aspects of an architectural project and related career opportunities.

Week 4 – Neighborhoods and Cities

Photograph of a model park created by an elementary school landscape architect.


 Student-Designed Landscape Model. Student-Designed Landscape Model photo by Joel Veak, courtesy NPS, Fred. Law Olmsted Nat Hist Site

Broaden the scope of study during week four. Break away from individual buildings and their makers to communities and neighborhood living. Broaden the notion of design to include landscape architecture. Possible ideas include:

Week 5 – Living and Working on the Earth

Illustration model of green roof layers, grass at top layer


 Scheme of a flat roof structure with grass. Artist: Dieter Spannknebel / Collection: Stockbyte / Getty Images

As students work on unit projects, continue talking about environmental and social issues related to architecture. Focus on these big ideas:

Week 6 – The Project: Doing the Work

Student Yinery Baez explains a touch screen control panel inside the team's solar house.


 Student team member Yinery Baez explains a touch screen control panel inside a solar house. Student Yinery Baez ©2011 Stefano Paltera / U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The last week of the unit ties up loose ends and allows students to “Show and Tell” their unit projects. Presentation could simply be to upload renderings to a free website. Emphasize project management and the steps taken to complete any project, whether architecture or homework.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this six weeks a student will be able to:

  1. Explain and give examples of engineering’s relationship to building structures
  2. Recognize five famous architectural structures
  3. Name five architects, living or dead
  4. Give three examples for designing and building structures that are suited for their environment
  5. Discuss three issues every architect faces in doing the job of architecture
  6. Show how computers can be used in modern architecture



Design Elements


Form:Composition 2


This site show many different house designs and floor plans of how they work!

* Activity

Directions: Click link, House Styles click edit, select all, copy. Then click file, new, paste. Name your file, your name_styles.  please use complete sentences, and do your research before responding. This learning will be fundamental when choosing the style and type of house you want to design. When your finished share with

How to begin roughing in your ideas:





Inspiration Slide