Architecture for Children
Why we teach?
We see a lot of environmental problems to be the result of current politics. We believe our future will be brighter when our children are more equipped with sustainable, collaborative and creative thinking. By teaching children about architecture, sustainable design, urban planning, and efficient use of materials, they will get into the habit of thinking in those terms. We hope to change the world through volunteering and education.
We conduct classes once a week in primary schools. There are currently 4 primary schools who are working with us in Hong Kong. We have taught over 5,000 children since 2014.
How we teach?
Architecture for Children focuses on geometry, environmental problems, science, history, creative thinking and model buildings. We begin the lesson with something simple and small, like a triangle. From one geometry, we explain the concept of building a bridge (tessellated structure) and how to build a more efficient structure. Using interactive presentations, we teach children the concept of sustainable designs. We build up new lesson on top of the previous lessons. More geometries will be taught until they learn how to assemble a complicated geometry like high-rise towers. They learn to collaborate with their teammates. Through trial and error, children discover the beauty of scientific experiments as they develop their creative and critical thinking.
We encourage people to use trash or recycled materials to build their projects. Feel free to email us if you want your ideas to be included.
Download advanced syllabus here for children aged 10 or older.
Download simple syllabus here for younger children.
Our volunteers come from multiple background with the desire to promote equity, access, ecology and sustainability. The goal is to give our children a full spectrum of architecture. Our study is a mixture of art, design, math, science, culture and history.
Our volunteering work is on display at the The American Institute of Architects Headquarter next to the White House until May 2017. Check AIA website for more information about the Emerging Professionals Exhibition.
Growing Up Green in Brooklyn, New York
Pratt Institute, New York
Red Cross John F. Kennedy Centre, Hong Kong
LaSalle Primary School, Hong Kong
Boy Diocesan School Primary Division, Hong Kong
AIA Hong Kong – A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
We are a group of architects and young professionals who loves to make a difference. Architecture for children is a volunteer program sponsored by Avoid Obvious Architects. Feel free to contact us for collaboration opportunity.
Stay connected on our dedicated Facebook page. More video footage is on Facebook.