Registration is now closed for the fall session of Youth Design + Architecture Club. Stay tuned for more information about our winter session, which will focus on designing for public spaces.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s forward-thinking designs for houses shaped the course of architecture in the 20th Century. Inspired by Wright’s example, explore the concept of home from your own home in this unique five-week virtual program. Take on the role of architect as you design your own home for the future. From green design and smart technologies to innovative new materials, we’ll explore how architects successfully design tomorrow’s homes. Each weekly live virtual session with our educators will include class discussions, creative problem solving, virtual field trips to Frank Lloyd Wright Trust sites and student design charrettes, during which students will present their work and receive feedback from fellow students.

Admission: $90 General, $80 Trust Member

Grades 3-5
Dates: September 23 to October 21
  • Instruction Wednesdays, 3 – 4:30 pm CST
  • Students will receive a weekly design challenge each session to be completed independently
  • Drop-in Virtual Open Studio (optional) Tuesdays, 3 – 4:30 pm CST September 29 to October 20
  • On October 21 at 4 pm, parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to view virtual design presentations spotlighting student work from this session!
Grades 6-8
Dates: September 24 to October 22
  • Instruction Thursdays, 3 – 4:30 pm CST
  • Students will receive a weekly design challenge each session to be completed independently
  • Drop-in Virtual Open Studio (optional) Tuesdays, 3 pm – 4:30 pm CST, September 29 to October 20
  • On October 22 at 4 pm, parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to view virtual design presentations spotlighting student work from this session!
 

Technology requirements

Internet access; computer, laptop, or tablet with speakers, microphone and camera; Zoom video conferencing app.

Materials needed

Required: ruler, liquid glue/glue stick, pencils, eraser, scissors, plain paper, clear tape, cardboard/chipboard/foam core, dry spaghetti, toothpicks, marshmallows and markers/crayons/colored pencils.

Optional: old magazines/catalogues, graph paper, tissue paper, construction paper, x-acto knife, cutting mat, building blocks such as Legos, paint, Model Magic, hot glue gun and recyclables! Raid your pantry, closet, the outdoors and recycling bin for items that could be repurposed for an architectural model.

Schedule

Students will participate in 90 minutes of live instruction with Trust educators once per week. Students should anticipate up to two hours each week outside of scheduled class time to work on weekly design challenges and their overall project. During independent project time, students will not need to be onscreen, but our educators will be available for drop-in virtual open studio on Tuesdays to provide support and one-on-one guidance. Educators can also be contacted throughout the week via email. Please allow up to 24 hours for email responses.

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