6 Ways You Can Introduce Architecture to Your Child

During a lecture, a parent asked me, “What can I do at home to introduce architecture to my children?” I was thrilled that she asked, and my response was, “You already are.” Of course, I elaborated. Architecture is something that EVERYONE experiences, but not everyone is aware. The only thing that parents could do differently … Read more6 Ways You Can Introduce Architecture to Your Child

5 Ways to Encourage Creativity of Your Child at Home

We are always emphasizing the creativity of children. The process of creativity is what will produce great designers and the next great architect! Unfortunately, every child has not participated in one of our charrettes, and we are feverishly working on a strategic plan to make that happen. In the meantime, we have compiled five ways … Read more5 Ways to Encourage Creativity of Your Child at Home

5 Key Objectives for Our Charrettes

Our mission is to introduce young people to architecture and nurture their development in the craft and creativity. One of the ways we do that is through our charrettes. Our most popular charrette is an eight-session residency of designing a neighborhood. Each student designs a home and the cohort brings all the homes together to … Read more5 Key Objectives for Our Charrettes

The Most Important Lessons I Learned in Architecture School

College has many experiences. Depending on the educational institution, your major and school involvement, your experiences could vary in range from being overwhelmingly stressful to by far the best time of your life. Architecture school is an experience that can easily fit in the category all the above, and then some more. For me, it … Read moreThe Most Important Lessons I Learned in Architecture School

5 Reasons We Are Excited About Launching Our First Children’s Book

As mentioned before, Next Great Architects will be publishing our first children’s book very soon. We are excited about launching this series for these five reasons… Representation The main character of the book is a little black girl who wants to be an architect. Black women account for approximately 0.4% of the architecture population based … Read more5 Reasons We Are Excited About Launching Our First Children’s Book

5 Reasons I Am Thankful For Next Great Architects

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday. Next Great Architects has been operating for four years. That is not a long time, but we have accomplished a lot. I would like to share with you all 5 reasons I am thankful for Next Great Architects. Next Great Architects has experienced tremendous growth. When … Read more5 Reasons I Am Thankful For Next Great Architects

5 Professions That Support Great Architecture

We believe that architecture is the umbrella for ALL things STEM. It is a profession that encompasses an array of disciplines and specialties. We are always communicating to our students that architecture is a collaborative profession. Good architects know how to put a building together. Great architects enlist the support of subject matter experts to … Read more5 Professions That Support Great Architecture

3 Ways Adults Kill the Creativity of Children

Do you know what kills the imagination? People. Children have the best canvas for creativity because their imaginations haven’t been tainted by life and people. For the past four years, I have witnessed the most amazing creativity come from small children. I have also witnessed the deterioration of creativity in children at the hands of … Read more3 Ways Adults Kill the Creativity of Children

School Subjects Can Come To Life With Architecture

As a child there were subjects in school that I figured were pointless. Why exactly did I have to learn about social studies? History was another subject I dreaded, except for my eighth-grade teacher in Belleville, IL. He somehow made it interesting. In my physical education class, we were forced to learn to square dancing. … Read moreSchool Subjects Can Come To Life With Architecture

Teaching Math via Architecture

So many times math teachers are posed with the question, “Am I really going to use this when I become an adult?” Those may not be the exact words, but the concept is still the same. Children often don’t see the connection of advanced math in the real world. I loved math as a child, … Read moreTeaching Math via Architecture