Architectural Design Teacher Resources
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Students discover building plans and practice reading measurements. For this architectural design lesson, students investigate the areas of the specific World Trade Center locations that need to be rebuilt and determine the cost. Students utilize an Internet education program to calculate certain figures for areas.
Students explore architectural design. In this critical thinking and architecture lesson, students view a number of websites providing proposals for design plans of a new World Trade Center. Students choose and evaluate three possible designs based on specific given criteria and prepare an oral presentation of which design is best suited to replace the original World Trade Center.
Third graders explore the structural composition of buildings and houses. In this math lesson, 3rd graders explain how architecture is related to mathematics. They create a blueprint of a structure with at least three different spaces.
Students investigate the local history and architecture of their community. They draw maps, conduct Internet research, discuss varied architectural designs, take a walking tour of their town and work in teams to record their community's history.
Students study African traditional architecture. They examine how African ornaments, wall painting and motifs use geometric shapes to express and explain the culture. They discuss the ornaments and architectural designs in the setting and period they were executed and use these as examples in developing ornaments for their own use.
Students begin creating Victorian decoration journals while investigating Victorian Architectural designs in this introductory lesson plan provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. A video is included.
Seventh graders study environmental architecture. In this art instructional activity, 7th graders make a timeline of five different buildings showing when they were created.
Students examine architectural structures of ancient civilizations by viewing a slide-show. In this architectural design lesson, students observe a slide-show showcasing many historic buildings and structures that have lasted thousands of years. Students discuss how these simple designs are still used in today's society.
Students design a solution to a problem based on the Industrial Revolution. For this design lesson plan, students come up with architectural designs and present them to teachers in a simulated factory.
Students examine how architecture reflects historical time periods. They conduct research on the History Detectives website, complete a fact sheet, sequence photographs of different architectural styles, and create an illustration of a house.
Young scholars consider the two finalists in the contest for architectural designs for the site of the World Trade Center. They create their own designs for a meaningful public space, then critique each other's designs.
Students recognize the basic concepts of architectural design, geometrical shapes, elements of design, creativity, basic math, and design concepts. They apply them to the creative process by creating a design project.
Students research architectural designs of the Portland, Oregon metro area in this excellent lesson plan provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. While this unit is written with Portland, Oregon in mind, teachers can adapt for any geographic region.
Students arecognize the architecture of another culture, how the architecture of a people records their history, explore artistic elements, explore and use geometric concepts of shape, pattern, and symmetry.
Students plan and construct a design based entirely on geometric figures. This is intended to make students aware of the importance of geometric solids and properties in architectural design.
Students apply their knowledge of technology to help them build. In this science and technology lesson, students build straw towers and investigate the strength and form of the structure. They analyze the best design the make the building durable.
Sixth graders review the various immigrant groups who settled in the Newhallville neighborhood. In groups, they compare the boundaries of the neighborhood in the past and today. Using the Internet, they research the types of industries in the area and how they have affected New Haven and its prosperity. To end the lesson, they guess on what the town might look like in 2040.
Middle schoolers explore the concept of the golden ratio in nature and architectural design. They discuss examples such as petals on a sunflower and the Parthenon. In small groups they take turns measuring their body parts to find a golden ratio.
Students study the Maya culture and their achievements in mathematics, how bacteria grow exponentially, use rational numbers to convert back and forth between Celsius and degrees Fahrenheit, how some architectural designs are examples of logarithmic spirals, how complex numbers help express electrical concepts, etc... In this lesson, students watch videos and research how the Maya culture helped develop mathematic understanding.
Students explore the role of green roofing and rooftop gardening in contemporary architectural design. They then conduct collaborative research to learn about the history, process, science, and environmental impact of green roofing. Students then create a presentation to highlight what they have learned.