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Learn more about architecture and design from the comfort of your own home with these free, live, online workshops led by Center for Architecture Educators. Each 45-minute session explores an architectural topic through virtual tours, interactive lessons and discussions, and gets kids started on a design project they can complete on their own with simple at-home materials.

All Architecture at Home events require a device with internet connection and camera.

All programs are FREE and are open to at-home learners, families, and youth ages 5+.  A suggested materials list for each program is included in the event listings below. Video classroom link will be sent upon registration.

For more information, contact k12education@centerforarchitecture.org.

See our library of Architecture at Home Resources.

Upcoming Programs

Windows: The Eyes of a Building Wednesday, January 27, 4:00 pm

The word window comes from the old Norse for “wind eye,” or the eye of the building that lets the wind in. Windows are also our eyes to the world outside. Learn more about the many different types of windows architects use, from fanlights to eyebrow windows, then design your own window to frame a favorite view.

Materials: pencil, blank paper, construction or other colored paper/paper bag, scissors, glue/glue stick/tape. Optional: markers/crayons/colored pencils  

Windows: The Eyes of a Building Friday, January 29, 11:00 am

The word window comes from the old Norse for “wind eye,” or the eye of the building that lets the wind in. Windows are also our eyes to the world outside. Learn more about the many different types of windows architects use, from fanlights to eyebrow windows, then design your own window to frame a favorite view.

Materials: pencil, blank paper, construction or other colored paper/paper bag, scissors, glue/glue stick/tape. Optional: markers/crayons/colored pencils   

Façade: The Face of a Building Saturday, January 30, 11:00 am

A building façade is the front of a building and comes from the Latin word facia meaning face. What can a building’s face or façade tell us about what goes on inside? We’ll look at several building façades to hone your building detective skills, then teach you our tried-and-true method for drawing any building façade, including one of your own design!

Materials: pencil and paper, Illustrated Building Parts vocabulary sheet 

Building Materials Wednesday, February 3, 4:00 pm

What are the different materials buildings are made of and where do they come from? Learn about the range of building materials available today and how our choice of materials impacts our environment. Make some texture rubbings to collect interesting building materials around your home, then use them to create a building collage of your own design.

Materials: blank paper, crayon with paper peeled off, construction or other colored paper/paper bag, scissors, glue/glue stick. 

Building Materials Friday, February 5, 11:00 am

What are the different materials buildings are made of and where do they come from? Learn about the range of building materials available today and how our choice of materials impacts our environment. Make some texture rubbings to collect interesting building materials around your home, then use them to create a building collage of your own design.

Materials: blank paper, crayon with paper peeled off, construction or other colored paper/paper bag, scissors, glue/glue stick. 

Building Ornament Wednesday, February 10, 4:00 pm

Building ornaments are used to decorate buildings. Sometimes, they also give us clues about a building’s function or when it was built. We will look at a variety of different building ornaments and then you will make your own using a simple salt dough recipe!

Materials: One cup flour, half cup water, half cup salt, medium bowl, mixing spoon or spatula, small cardboard base, optional tools to add details and textures such as pencil, toothpicks, or straws. 

Building Ornament Friday, February 12, 11:00 am

Building ornaments are used to decorate buildings. Sometimes, they also give us clues about a building’s function or when it was built. We will look at a variety of different building ornaments and then you will make your own using a simple salt dough recipe!

Materials: One cup flour, half cup water, half cup salt, medium bowl, mixing spoon or spatula, small cardboard base, optional tools to add details and textures such as pencil, toothpicks, or straws. 

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