Welcome to Architecture 101 Classes for Kids and Teens


A Special Note

The Summer Workshop schedule has been posted here.

We will also offer individual classes throughout the summer as requested.

This spring we will have two new class topics available as well. The newest to our list of subjects will be A Restaurant and A Museum. Both will offer new challenges including the focus on  function and design including appropriate lighting and colorways.


As I write in the subtitle to this site, this is the time for young people to learn, explore, create and enjoy the process.

We offer a wide range of topics for students to choose from. Once a subject is chosen, we take them through the design process, showing them how architects work, how we draw when communicating to others and how best to show their ideas through drawings, models and selection of building materials.

At the end of the class series, they will have designed their own project based on the topic they chose by drawing plans, elevations and possibly perspectives and creating a model and/or a materials board. All of this is done while learning more about their chosen subject whether it is Sustainable House, Airports or any other topic they want to explore.

We offer individual classes year-round.

Please note: All classes are offered in Spanish and English.


About our classes:

We offer individual classes via Zoom for students ages 8 to 16 years around the world.

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 Monday through Thursday and Saturdays with the exception of the Computer Drawing class which is comprised of six one hour meetings with a teacher.

The teaching we do is referred to as project-based learning and we believe the most effective way to teach young people. The student is provided with information and a challenge and using visual tools we teach, they develop a solution. The students have the opportunity to use what they have learned 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.

Sustainability: What designers and architects consider when building sustainably.

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

For additional information, please 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.

25 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

    • The classes are taught in the same style as in an architecture school studio and the same way a design project is approached in a firm.
      In the first session we focus on the topic selected through images and discussion. During this time, the student will begin developing their own design of a building or a space. In the second class, if the student is ready to learn how to draw to scale, we take them through the process of drawing the room they are in to scale in plan and elevation. This helps them understand how to read architectural drawings.
      Depending upon the design and its complexity, I might have them begin creating a model in the second half of the third session, otherwise we continue with drawings and discuss additional information that comes up in the classes. By this time, the student has asked specific questions or is interested in a subject that branches off of the topic, so between classes, I will compile the information using images or a list of websites to visit and review together. Going over the new information happens during the third  and fourth class along with other activities that are planned including drawing and model-making.
      At the end of the project, the student has their design drawings, a floor plan and elevation to scale and a model or a complete set of drawings of their project.
      The workshops consist of four one-hour classes with activities to do between classes. The amount of time given to assignments is based on the amount of the student’s schoolwork and the family’s schedule.
      I live in Cascais, Portugal and have students in several countries as well as staff in the US and Portugal.
      Usually the classes are weekly but I know with family schedules that isn’t always doable so we can be flexible in terms of dates.
      The process is that you and I set a time and the days of the classes while your student selects a topic from the class description list, https://archforkids.wordpress.com/classes-offered/. 
      After the dates and subject are decided upon, I will send you either a request via Google Pay or an invitation through TransferWise depending upon the country you live in.
      In the meantime, I set up a Basecamp site where you will have access to all class material and be updated on what is discussed during the classes. An email will be sent to you immediately with all updates from Basecamp.
      I will also send you contact information if you need to reach me immediately. I have Whats App and use Facebook Messenger for this type of communication and will be notified as soon as a text or voice mail is sent
      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  3. I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both equally educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something too few folks are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy that I found this during my hunt for something relating to this.

      • The classes are one-to-one and the days and times are decided based on your family’s schedule and our availability.

        We have lowered our fees due to the financial impact COVID is having on families. The fee now for the four one-hour sessions for one student is $175 USD or the equivalent amount in all other currencies. The fee can be paid electronically through Google Pay with a US bank account or TransferWise in all other countries. Information on how to make a transfer will be provided.

        For more than one student participating in a class, the following is the fee structure:

        2 students: $165 USD or the equivalent in all other currencies
        3 students: $155 USD or the equivalent in all other currencies
        4 students: $135 USD or the equivalent in all other currencies
        5 students: $115 USD or the equivalent in all other currencies
        6 students: $95 USD or the equivalent in all other currencies

        If you have other questions, you can reach me directly at dora.taylor@icloud.com.

  4. Hi Dora. the email address dora.taylor@icloudcom is unrecognized? Do I have it correct? I would love to hear more about your program for my 11 year old daughter. Many Thx Travas.

  5. Dear Dora, I have a 10 year old granddaughter who wants to be an architect. she is always drawing and creating homes. Interested in giving her classes as a Christmas gift. Can you give me more details for 2021?
    thanks Denise

  6. Hi! my son is 8-1/2 years old and does not have any subject experience in this kind of learning at school.
    He is very much interested in architecture and similar subjects and is fascinated by buildings and structures of forts etc.
    Will your course be suitable for his age and level of understanding?

  7. Hello,

    I am in Canada and looking some info for my 9 year old to have some architectural classes. He has taken some classes on architecture before and wants to continue. Please email me required information.


  8. Hello Dora,
    My 12 year old daughter is really interested in building/designing and has done some work on blender and maya. Can you send me an email so we could discuss further and set up times for you to work with her?

    • Dana,

      The individual classes are based on the family’s schedule and my availability. There will be group classes in July and August and I will be posting the information in March.

      The fee for the group classes is $155 or the equivalent in all other currencies and the individual classes are $175 in USD and the equivalent in all other currencies.


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