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 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

Architecture is a Craft

A craft can be defined as an occupation requiring a special skill. The skill of architecture is the ability to solve spatial problems. The specialty of that skill is to do so in an artistic/creative form that is conscience of the science of space and construction. Craft can also be defined as an activity creating … Read moreArchitecture is a Craft