Week one is an overview of what is architecture. It is a big word and requires a little explaining down to its root words. In Aspiring Architect activity book go to page 5 explain that most words have a root meaning. Either from Latin or another language. Next, tell them your definition of architecture. The definition varies from architect to architect. I have never received the same answer twice. Everything has an architecture to form its design, but for our school, we discuss architecture as buildings and structures.

Root words


As part of the introduction, read this book to give the student a diverse overview of architecture. Point out the construction process, cities, and different building forms. Ask for their opinion on the building forms. Try not to lead them into any certain direction. Let them judge. You will see a change in their attitude toward structures over the next fours months. You know you are successful when they point out a style, form, or detail.

Questions to ask

What building do you like out of the book?

Why do you like the building? After they pick a building, discuss the shapes that make the form of the structure. It might help if you traced the building in simple shapes. Outline the contours, then draw a few components that create the shape.


The first exercise is defining a city (urban) and the country (rural).

The student will need a couple of sheets of white paper and pencils, crayons, or markers. Whatever is handy.

On a single sheet have the student draw or color anything and everything that relates to a rural lifestyle. There is no right or wrong.

Phrase the question: What does living in the country mean to you?

First explain what RURAL means. Living in the country, country life, country people, farm, and distance from the city. Of course this varies according to where people live. Most people define it as a farming community.

On the next sheet have them draw a city.

This simple project starts to frame the students understanding that people live differently based on their location, lifestyle, and occupation.