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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.

John Cameron, AIA - Chair
Meredith Contello, Assoc. AIA - Chair


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. 2013 AiS Program Schedule

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...

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):


AIA Austin needs volunteers to teach elementary school kids for the Fall Semester of the 2010-2011 school year.  The Architecture in Schools program is a eight-week course taught to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in their classroom, using a curriculum developed by the AIA Austin.  We need volunteers who can devote an hour of their time every week for classroom instruction (plus travel...