I’ve told you before how my son is hoping to be an architect when he grows up. From what I’ve been told it’s a difficult career to get started in and the collegiate program is both difficult to enroll in and challenging to say the least. But, I’m a firm believer in the “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” mentality.
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He’s certainly set his mind to it, as he hasn’t wavered from this particular desire for many years now. So as he heads into his high school years next year I want to ensure he’s been given a good architectural engineering foundation, pun intended, as possible. Which is going to mean lots of math, science and physics. Which just happen to be his favorites.
I’m pulling together a listing of resources not only so I’ll have a handy place to come back to time and again, but so that you too will be able to find learning resources for engineering minded kids.
Must Have Architectural Engineering Books – 8
Architectural Websites for Kids to Explore
- Arch for Kids
- Architecture is Fun
- CUBE – Center for Understanding the Built Environment
- KidSearch – Wiki – Architecture
- Kids Think Design – Architecture
- Science & Kids – Structure Images
10 Architects to Study
- Frank Lloyd Wright
- Frank Gehry
- I. M. Pei
- Zaza Hadid
- Philip Johnson
- Tom Wright
- Mies Van Der Rohe
- Renzo Piano
- Jean Nouvel
- Antonio Gaudi
Free Cad and Drawing Programs
- 3D Slash App – A free PC download, but you do need to register.
3D Slash Web Version – Free use, but there are more limitations due to web browser functionality than the app.
- 3D Tin – Afree use, web based program, all you need is Google Chrome or Firefox with WebGL support
- Blender – A free open source, 3D creation software.
- FreeCAD – an open source, customizable, parametric 3D modeler.
- Gimp – (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) a free software downloadable open source image editor.
- Inkscape – a free downloadable vector graphics editor.
- Kerkythea – a freeware software that allows you to produce
- Sketchboard – free download, sketch oriented cad program.
- SketchUp – Choose SketchUp Make for Educational Purposes, a free download.
- TinkerCad – a free online browser based 3D Design and modeling tool.
Architectural Engineering Building Toys & Games
I’m a firm believer in learning through play. I think the more hands on a person can be the more they’ll learn how to use, create and adapt. Through play children learn to not be afraid to try new things. They aren’t afraid of failure when the goal is fun. As such, I offer you these options to introduce your children to concepts in architecture as well as some options for older kids to explore in a hands on way.
Curriculum & Activities for Architectural Engineering
- American Institute of Architects – Triangle, Architects in the Classroom
- ArKIDecture Lessons for Kids
- Architecture & Structures – Pitsco Education
- Architecture! It’s Elementary Lesson Plans
- Building Architectural Models
- Discovery Kids – Amazing Skyscrapers
- Frank Lloyd Wright Education
- FUPA Architecture Games
- Earthquake-Proof Engineering for Skyscrapers
- Learn 4 Good – Building Games & Construction Simulation Games
- PBS Building Big
- Squaring the Circle: Geometry in Art and Architecture (Mathematics Across the Curriculum)
- Teach Children Well – Architecture
- Castle Lesson Plans (Blick Art)
Architectural Engineering Videos
- A Master Architect asks, Now What?
- Ancient Roman Architecture
- Architecture Size Comparison, 3D
- Building Foam Board Models
- Citibloks Construction
- DIY Cardboard House
- Popsicle Stick Mansion
- Gothic Architecture
- How to Build a Wooden Model House
- Introduction to Greek Architecture
- Keva Plank Construction
- Modern Architectural Building
- Paper House
- Skyhouse, An Architect’s Version
- Why Buildings of the Future will be Shaped by You
- Sketches of Frank Gehry
- Great Minds of Design
- Most Famous Buildings in the World
- Tallest Building Concept Never Built
Architectural Engineering Drawing Supplies
Of course the best way to build skill is through practice. Letting a child explore their interests can’t get more simple than giving them the tools needed and then getting out of their way to let them explore their ideas. With pencil and paper a simple sketch can grow to a model which just might become the next most beautiful structure the world has ever seen.
I’ll be the first to admit that I personally don’t know a lot about architecture. I’m learning as I watch my son with fascination. I’ve developed a love for the beauty that exists in the geometric and design aspects of a buildings. But, I can’t for the life of me imagine how one goes from a mental concept to the incredible structures that are works of art. But, I also realize, it’s not for me to know and understand those things. It’s for those who have the kind of visionary minds to see beyond the page to what can become reality.
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