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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

Building Ornament Wednesday, April 14, 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. 

Design Your Own Building Saturday, April 24, 11:00 am

Create your own building design using simple materials from home. We’ll look at different types of buildings for inspiration, then use your imagination to design a building you’d like to add to your neighborhood.

Materials: empty box, paper bag or sheet of paper (to use as your building base), scissors, glue, colored paper (construction paper, magazines, etc.), other recycled materials (paper rolls, scrap cardboard, etc.), Illustrated Building Parts vocabulary sheet (optional) 

Truss Bridges Wednesday, April 28, 4:00 pm

Join us to kick off our four-part series of Architecture at Home classes all about bridges! In this week’s class, we’ll focus on truss bridges which use triangles to create strong, stable structures. Build your own truss bridge following our example or invent your own!

Materials: toothpicks, dry mini marshmallows or gumdrops, dry spaghetti (optional), truss bridge example sheet (optional)  

Arch Bridges Wednesday, May 5, 4:00 pm

This month’s Architecture at Home programs are all about bridges! In this class, we’ll explore arch bridges, ancient and modern, then help you build your own arch bridge model.

Materials: empty cereal box (or similar thin cardboard), glue or tape, scissors, markers (optional)  

Suspension Bridges Saturday, May 15, 11:00 am

This month’s Architecture at Home programs are all about bridges! In this class, we’ll explore different kinds of suspension bridges, then help you build your own bridge that uses suspender cables to hang or suspend its roadway.

Materials: 36 inch string, two toilet paper rolls, one cardboard piece (approx. 2 inches x 12 inches), scissors, tape, liquid glue 

Moving Bridges Wednesday, May 19, 4:00 pm

This month’s Architecture at Home programs are all about bridges! In this class, we’ll explore different kinds of moving bridges, then help you build your own drawbridge or other moving bridge model.

Materials: scissors, glue, tape, cardboard pieces (1 for a base approx. 4” x 12”-16” and 1 roadway piece approx. 2” x 12”-16”), other recycled materials such as toilet paper rolls, empty small boxes, scrap cardboard, string (optional) 

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