AIA Austin

Architecture in the Schools

Architecture in the Schools

One of AFA’s first grant recipients, this program was already a success in Austin elementary schools (AISD) when the organizers applied for an AFA grant to expand it into Round Rock.*

A team of 15 architects, intern architects and interior designers teach a curriculum-approved program to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders for nine consecutive weeks. Students learn about architectural principals starting with the house, followed by the neighborhood and finally, city planning. The program has received much acclaim, including Award of Merit for Best Practices in K-12 Architectural Education, two years in a row, from the American Architectural Foundation. Through the AFA grant alone, Architecture in the Schools has reached more than 1,000 students in Central Texas.

*The program had been funded previously through grants from the American Architectural Foundation (AAF).

The idea that a well-built environment enriches the quality of our lives is at the heart of the AFA mission.