Architecture in Schools 2019

TEACHER ORIENTATION: Friday, September 6th, noon-1pm at AIA Austin
CLASSES BEGIN: on or after October 1st
DURATION: 7-8 weeks, one class per week
STUDENTS / CAMPUSES: 3rd-5th graders in selected Prime Time schools

Since 2008, the Architecture K-12 committee has hosted Architecture in Schools, a program developed for 3rd through 5th graders. Over the past ten years, Architecture In Schools has been taught in 23 different AISD schools and over 100 individual classrooms, as well as several schools in Eanes, Round Rock and Leander ISDs.

In 2018, the Architecture: K-12 Committee adapted the program to work within the AISD Prime Time after-school format. Instruction is fun, relaxed, and hands-on, with group and individual activities to introduce students to the creative endeavor of architecture. AIA Austin feels that it is especially important to emphasize how architecture touches all demographic and income groups, with the hope of increased interest from underrepresented populations within the profession.

We are in need of architecture educators! Please see our FAQ below, and email and to volunteer.

What is the time commitment for teaching AiS?
-The fall session will begin on or after October 1st and run for 7-8 weeks, depending on the campus needs.

What time of day / week?
-Classes will be offered one day per week, and the day will be determined between the Program Coordinators and partly based on volunteer availability. Classes typically begin at 3:15 pm and run for 1 1/2 hours.

What are we teaching, exactly?
-The goal of the program is to introduce students to the creative endeavor of architecture. Each session is structured with hands-on activities and discussions to examine how buildings contain space, how materials impact that space, and how buildings affect people.  Each session is built around exploring a facet of this answer.

Will I be provided with curriculum materials?
-Yes, the Architecture in Schools committee will provide you with a printed binder of lesson plans and all materials you will need for teaching.

How many students will be in my class?
-The student to teacher ratio is 12:1, so you will not have more than 12 students unless you co-teach with another volunteer for the entirety of the program. The class will be comprised of 3rd-5th graders.

Will Architecture in Schools be offered at my child’s school?
-We have not yet contracted with individual campuses yet, but the school will be part of the Prime Time program and listed here:
If you would like to help us lobby to bring Architecture in Schools to your child’s school, please let us know!

What other requirements are there for volunteer teachers?
-AISD requires a background check, so we are required to collect your Texas drivers license number and provide to the Prime Time program administrator. We also ask that teachers are members (including Associate and Allied level) of AIA Austin.
How can I learn more and volunteer?
-Please join us for our orientation meeting on Friday, September 6th from noon-1pm at AIA Austin. Volunteer orientation and teacher training will be provided (TBD in September) before classes begin.