Running biennially, the Architecture + Education Program uses architecture to teach students math, science, history, art, and technology aligned with the Common Core, while raising awareness and appreciation of the built environment. Children are introduced to the profession of architecture, local practicing professionals, and the distinctive way of viewing the world and tackling problems through architecture as the tool. The program’s success lies in the collaboration between Buffalo Public School teachers, University at Buffalo, Villa Maria College and Buffalo State College students, and volunteer architects working collaboratively.
The program kicked off in September with a Symposium with all participants becoming “students for the day”, exploring architectural principles and concepts through a series of lessons and activities. The program itself is 8 to 10 in-class sessions, with architects leading classroom discussions about the profession of architecture and how it relates to the topic of focus. Activities and projects are hands on and encourage students to creatively explore each task. The culmination of the program is a public exhibit of the students’ work held at CEPA Gallery.
Over the past 10 years, the program has been involved with 25 schools, 115 architects, and 115 classes, and over 3,500 students.
Architecture + Education was awarded the 2007 Commitment to Education Awards Corporate Silver Award from the Buffalo Alliance for Education and the 2013 American Institute of Architects National Diversity Recognition Program Award for promoting and supporting diversity in the profession of architecture.
The program would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, including: AIA New York State, Architects Foundation, Construction Industry Education Foundation, Baird Foundation, Bent’s Opera House, CannonDesign, Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, MidCity Office Furniture, Rodems Construction Company, Watts Architecture&Engineering.