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Architecture Career Discovery Course

In this 8-week full immersion architecture course with a friendly university professor, students curious about becoming an architect will experience what architecture school and a career in architecture is like.
Amber D Nelson
45 total reviews for this teacher
27 reviews for this class
Completed by 114 learners
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year olds
learners per class

Charged upfront
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
90 minutes per class

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Class Experience

🌇Goals of the class🌇
•To simulate an architecture "studio" class in college.
•To get a taste of what an architect does in his/her career.
•To learn the basic tools that architects use during school and to do their job.
•To acquire skills on how to take an idea out of your head and into the real world to solve a problem! 
•To have fun while learning some critical tips about time management (just in time for college).

Please see above in the "Class Experience" section for topics and skills students will learn each week.
When I was 16, I took a similar architecture career discovery course that cemented my conviction to study architecture. Now I'd like to return the favor! During my architectural studies at Columbia University and UC Berkeley, as well as afterwards, I was fortunate to teach many design courses, ranging from visual representation, construction, and environmental design, to sacred landscapes and design studios. I have also taught over 10 courses online.
Learners will be expected to complete work related to the topic and skill learned in the week and present it at the beginning of the next class. (However, if learner/parent prefers to participate passively by attending class only, that is also ok upon communication with Amber). Assignments are all visual representations of their design, and may take as little as 1 hour, but could take several evenings if the student is inspired to "run with it." Architecture is a great alternative to TV and social media. ;)

PLEASE NOTE: this class is simulating a college-level course, so it is best for mature learners who can handle complex instructions, fast-paced learning and are able to time-manage homework assignments. If a learner falls behind, the videos and provided slideshows will help them catch up. That said, I'm very available to questions outside of class time, and as long as the learner puts in effort, they will do great in the class and learn a lot.
A comprehensive materials list is posted with the other class resources (or by navigating to ). Assuming that many of the supplies you will already have at home, the rest should cost around $45-60 and are available at any craft store or online at Amazon. In the above link, there are Amazon links to each material.
Assessment is via weekly peer and teacher reviews. There is a final review on the last day of class in which the "Clients" (family) are invited to attend (off-screen). Progress is measured simply by staying current with the homework and putting effort into it. It is easy to know when a student has rushed through their designs as opposed to carefully composed them. Personal satisfaction of the learner's work is also directly related to the amount of effort put in.

If your learner is taking this for class credit, please contact me before the class begins to give me the details and I'd be happy to give them a grade according to the rubric you need.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
I've designed this class to be a simulation of a real-life, client-architect situation, in which the family will serve as clients (the encouraging, supportive kind). On the final day of the class parental participation is welcome and encouraged (off-screen, per Outschool policy), as your learner will need to present to you the design they have created to solve a problem you have presented them. Additionally, we'll need different supplies each day and so it will be helpful if you are checking in regularly to the posts to see what materials you will need for the next class.


Amber D Nelsonarchitect, landscape architect, sustainability entrepreneur and friendly university teacher
45 total reviews
30 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I'm thrilled to teach several Architecture Discovery Courses here on Outschool. Each of them are aimed at teens/preteens contemplating their future career options. I've designed the course in several formats so that learners can choose the... 
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