Thursday / September 06, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Architects in Schools Training & Sign-up Session

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 250

Interested in teaching middle school students about architecture and design?  Become a mentor in the AIA Chicago Foundation's Architects in Schools (AIS) program. 

AIS is an initiative that brings architecture professionals into Chicago Public School classrooms to introduce middle school students to the field of architecture and to discuss the broader theme of architecture as a change-maker. It is a 8-week long program, with 4-6 practicing architect volunteers visiting a single classroom once a week for the duration of one class period (90-120 minutes) and culminating in a loop architecture field trip and firm tour. The curriculum consists of an introduction to architecture and design, design exercises, and a final group project. 

This fall we will be teaching in:

Cameron Elementary (Humbolt Park) Thursdays 8:15am -10:00am; Sept. 27-Nov. 15

Gunsaulus Elementary (Brighton Park) Thursdays 9:30am -10:45am; Sept. 27-Nov.15

Whittier Elementary (Pilsen) Wednesdays 9:30am-11:30am; Sept. 26-Nov.14

5:30-6:30 – Curriculum overview (mandatory if you are new to the program)

6:30-7:30 – Connecting with kids – tips on how to communicate with middle schoolers

7:30-8:00 – Meet your team, sign up for classroom sessions

Dinner will be provided.

The 8-week Program begins the last week of September in the mornings.  


More about Architects in Schools.  Find Mentor job descriptions here.  

Can't make the training session, but still interested volunteering or have a specific questions about the program?  Contact Allison Freedland,  


The program is run by the Community Interface Committee with support from the AIA Chicago Foundation.

Sponsored By

Community Interface Committee and AIA Chicago Foundation

Member Price


Non Member Price