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

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

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

Develop and Design a Lemonade Stand Workshop

Next Great Architects had the opportunity to partner with Lemonade Day Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Public Library. We offered a free program to children that focused on the design of their lemonade stand. The children learned about architects, what they do and were given the task of being an architect. Their first project was to … Read moreDevelop and Design a Lemonade Stand Workshop