Architectural Design Teacher Resources
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Students 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.
Home, Sweet, Home!
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.
Mathematics of Ornaments and Architecture
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 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.
Victorian Age Architectural Design - Activity 1
Pupils begin creating Victorian decoration journals while investigating Victorian Architectural designs in this introductory lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. A video is included.
Math and Architectural Design in Relation to Rebuilding The World Trade Center
Students discover building plans and practice reading measurements. In this architectural design instructional activity, 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.
It's Not Conjecture, Look! It's Architecture!
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.
World Trade Center Design Proposals
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.
Mathematics Alive: Environment and Design of Human Habitats
Third graders explore the structural composition of buildings and houses. In this math instructional activity, 3rd graders explain how architecture is related to mathematics. They create a blueprint of a structure with at least three different spaces.
Design: The Wright Way
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.
Portland Architectural Tour - Activity 1
Students research architectural designs of the Portland, Oregon metro area in this excellent lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. While this unit is written with Portland, Oregon in mind, teachers can adapt for any geographic region.
T H E P O W E R O F A R C H I T E C T U R E
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.
Building Straw Towers
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.
Newhallville:A Neighborhood of Changing Prosperity
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.
Are You a Golden Ratio?
Students 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.
Ancient India Contributed Architectural Designs to the World
Young scholars view a PowerPoint presentation with pictures about ancient India to discuss the impact India had on the world’s architecture. In this history lesson, students use discussion questions to guide their lesson.
Looking Upwards: Greenroofing & Rooftop Gardening
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.
Paper Architecture - Designing Human Spaces
Middle schoolers design, then construct an architectural structural model of a two-person dwelling. Then, Students, in groups, plan a city layout.
The Architectural Design: The Vietnam Memorial
Fifth graders explore world history by analyzing the Vietnam Memorial design. In this architectural lesson, 5th graders identify the purpose of the Vietnam Memorial, what it looks like and who created the design for it. Students create architectural designs of a garden they wish to build near their classroom and write about why their design should be chosen.
What role does geography play in the development of a culture? How does ancient Greek culture still influence civilization today? These and other questions are explored in a unit study of Ancient Greece. The overview of the unit provided in this resource includes the unit and lesson plan objectives, essential questions, links to daily plans, graphic organizers, timed activities, a vocabulary list, and differentiated instruction strategies. The framework could be used as is, or enriched with additional activities.