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Architecture in Schools Committee

Mission Statement
Educating elementary school-aged citizens of the virtues of our profession.

To learn more about this program, get involved or find resources for your own use, click here.


2016 Committee Chairs
Kyle McAlonan, Assoc. AIA



2015  Meeting  Minutes


The 2015 Architecture in Schools Program is wrapping up after another successful run in 13 classrooms around Austin!

We'd like to send a big Shout-Out and Thank You to the firms and dedicated volunteers from those firms who chose to participate in the first-ever, SPONSOR A CLASSROOM initiative.  

  • Faubion ES -...

A few weeks ago the Architecture in Schools Committee spent 3 mornings hosting Box City during the 2nd Annual Andy Roddick Foundation's Summer Learning Programs at Pecan Springs Elementary School.  The 6-week summer camp theme was the Amazing Race and we were part of Asia Week.  ...

We're please to announce that the Architecture in Schools Committee will be hosting BOX CITY at the Austin Earth Day Festival at Mueller Saturday April 18th from 12-6pm.  We'll be set up in the Kid-Zone!

Check us out on the Austin Earth Day Festival ...


  The 2015 Architecture in Schools Committee will hold a kick-off meeting on Wednesday, February 18th from 5:30pm - 6:30pm at the AIA offices.  We have an exciting year of events to plan for and lots of ways to get involved.     Our three main topics for discussion are (1) the Andy Roddick  ...


Architecture in Schools Committee Meeting   Who: All interested committee members (and newbies) are welcomed to come join in the planning session.     What:  Planning meeting for the visit to UT    When:  Wed. October 15th    Time:  6-7:15pm   Where...

The Architecture in Schools program  has ONE spot left for an energetic architecture-loving professional who enjoys workign with kids. 

We have one  4th grade classroom at CEDAR CREEK ES in Eanes ISD that needs another architect teacher.  The class is from 2-2:45 (day of the week TBD).  

Please get in...

Volunteers for the Architecture in Schools program can now sign-up using Volunteer Spot! (the links have been fixed)

Click HERE to sign-up!

To be a subsitute architecture teacher (on an as needed-basis), please sign-up here!

We are excited to be hosting the...

Austin area 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are looking for a number of volunteers in the design industry to lead them through a program cultivated by the AIA Austin's Architecture in Schools committee.

The Architecture in Schools program is a fun-filled eight-week course taught to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in their classroom, using curriculum and activities developed by...


The Architecture in Schools Committee has been invited to participate in the Andy Roddick Foundation's (ARF) first ever Summer Camp ...

John and I wanted to give a big THANKS to our volunteers for Box City and material donors for helping make both Box City events a huge sucesses!!  

Special Thanks to Patricia, Katie, Megan, Ming, & Maanasa  (and her father) who all gave up a few hours of a beautiful Sunday to help us set up, build Box City with the kids, or clean-up...


Material Donation needs:

  • BOXES (10-12"; 14-16"; 20-24")
  • construction paper, wrapping paper
  • popsicle sticks, pipe-cleaners, dowels
  • plastic water bottles, foil
  • old magazines, old drawings sets
  • ...

Thank you to all 2013 volunteers. I hope this year will be exciting and fun filled as you lead these kids through 8 weeks of architecture bliss!

Follow the link below to obtain all materials for your class. You can also teach from this link if you prefer!

2013 Architecture in Schools Program Literature


I. Overview
II. Program Format
IV. Contact Information

Architecture in Schools is an 8 week program (approx. 1 hour per week) designed to teach 3rd, 4th and 5th graders about the role of Architecture in their environment. The students are taught in a classroom environment with pre-designed lesson plans and...

Austin area 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are looking for a number of volunteers in the design  industry to lead them through a program cultivated by the AIA Austin's Architecture in Schools committee. 

The Architecture in Schools program is a fun-filled eight-week course taught to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in their classroom, using a curriculum and...

I would like to thank all of the volunteers who spent their Sunday afternoon to put this event on. This could not have been accomnplished without you all!


For your enjoyment, follow the link to see this event in action (this link will take you to VIMEO).

Box City 2013 : A Kids Event


AIA Austin is pleased to announce the return of Box City!

In celebration of Earth Day, the Architecture in Schools program will host a Box City event at Mueller Farmers’ Market on Sunday, April 28th, 11am - 2pm. Children learn about the design and construction industry by sketching designs for their buildings, requesting permits, and constructing those buildings...

I grew up in a small Louisiana town. There were no architects, and arguably no architecture. It was not until high school before I met an architect, my 11th grade electives teacher.  He was positively unexpected, thus changing my perception of environment.

In 2008 I was introduced to the AIA Architecture in Schools program. It reminded me of my high school professor’s...

This year I would like to welcome Jason Fryer (AIA + LEED AP) of O'Connell Robertson as the 2012 Architecture in Schools Co-Chair.


Just a few weeks ago, Jason received his final ARE PASS letter! Congratulations on a job well done. I look forward to working with you this year on improving an already extremely successful program.


If anyone...

What an incredible year we had with the Architecture in Schools program.

41 volunteers taught 17 classes in 10 schools and 2 ISD' 2 of our schools were Bi-Lingual so we partnered with LiA to introduce materials in Spanish!! And that was just a slice of the programs field this year. The entire program was revamped based on 2009 volunteers input to create a friendlier and more...

AIA Austin's Architecture in Schools needs volunteers to for a variety of events and programs currently being planned and organized by the Architecture in Schools committee.  We have several different types of volunteering opportunities available - based on the time that you may be able to give.  

Architecture in Schools Program Instruction (duration - 8 weeks):