Wednesday / February 20, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Architects in Schools Training & Sign-up Session

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


Can you give three mornings or more of your time? Become a mentor in the AIA Chicago Foundation's Architects in Schools (AIS) middle school 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 (1.5-2.5 hours depending on school) 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 spring we will be teaching in:

Chavez Multicultural Academic Center (Back of the Yards) Tuesdays 8:00am -10:30am; March 26-May 14

George M. Pullman Elementary School (Pullman) Wednesdays 9:30am -11:00am; March 20-May 15

Sidney Sawyer Elementary School  (Gage Park) Fridays 9:00am-11:00am; March 22-May 17

The 8th week is a fieldtrip to be scheduled.

6:00-7:00 – Curriculum overview (mandatory if you are new to the program) & Q & A

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

Dinner will be provided.


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