Welcome to Architecture 101 Classes for Kids and Teens

We offer individual and group online and in-person workshops for students grades 3 through 12 in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Each workshop focuses on a specific topic and information is provided by way of images and discussion. Then, the information is synthesized and a solution to a specific design challenge is created by the student.

The classes are four one-hour sessions provided over a four week period.

The teaching we do is what is referred to as project-based learning and we believe the most effective way to teach young people. The student is provided with information, a challenge and using visual tools, develops a solution. They use what they have learned in the sessions and in their school classes in another form reinforcing the knowledge they have gained while developing their critical and creative thinking skills.

We bring into the learning experience math concepts, history, principles of sustainability and the subjects they are learning in school with complementary information. This helps to reinforce their new found knowledge with additional ideas and concepts.

The experience the student has is very similar to working in a studio environment, whether in a school of architecture or in a design firm.

The best part is that the students are having fun being creative and learning while they are processing new information.


Some of the areas of exploration that are covered during these class sessions are:

How we live: Adjacency of different building types, relationship of human activities to the organizations of towns and cities, circulation patterns and an increased awareness of our built environment.

Cultural values: What is important in different cultures and how it is expressed in built form.

History: How our building types have developed over the centuries and why.

City planning: We will look at layouts of different cities around the world and use those ideas for designing a new town.

Confidence in ideas: Sometimes we lose confidence in ourselves and our ideas. In these sessions, everyone’s ideas have merit and creativity is encouraged.

The students also learn how to draw to scale floor plans and elevations. It is their option to learn how to draw isometrics and in perspective and to build their models to scale.

For additional information, send an email to Dora.Taylor@icloud.com.


Tianjin Binhai Library in China

Please Note:

We now offer workshops for adults. For additional information regarding those workshops, please go to Architecture 101 for All.


Arts and Science Pavilion by Santiago Calatrava


You can view my Pinterest boards where I collect interesting projects and ideas.

5 thoughts on “Welcome to Architecture 101 Classes for Kids and Teens

  1. Whoever came up with the idea of recycling shipping containers for housing purposes is/was ahead of his/her time. There are so many good reasons to salvage these strong metal boxes, then introducing them to children/people as potential building materials is/was another smart move. What a wonderful way to increase the practical choices for building materials while reusing our resources, rather than scraping the metal, or worse, simply discarding it to deteriorate with time.

    • It just allows their imagination to grow in any way they want. It shows many life lessons, like divide and conquer and to never give up. If only they could teach this at school… This is a good STEAM project for STAAR night. (exclusive in TX…) It fits in with almost all the subjects teachers WANT to teach, math, science, social studies, etc…

  2. Hello, I was considering doing an online course
    For my daughter age 11. She has been playing on home styler for sometime now and I was looking into persuing her interest with this course.
    Please send me details . Thas

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