Architecture 101 Classes for Teens Mid-Winter Break Classes

For High School Students

A Hotel in the International District: We will look at hotel design and how different hotels fit the same requirements. There will also be a tour three hotels in downtown led by the hotel managers to get a sense of how a hotel functions as well as the style of different hotels and their scale. Then, based on a specific program (a set of requirements), the students will design a hotel for a predetermined site within the International District.

Monday through Friday

1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Fee: $195

For additional information please visit:

Architecture 101,

Dora Taylor

Architecture 101 Classes for Kids Mid-Winter Classes

For grades 3 through 8

Fun Forest Project: An Art Park and Playground: The Seattle Center Foundation has proposed the creation and installation of a major new Art Playground on the grounds of the Seattle Center Campus. The Artists at Play Foundation will work with local artists to create original designs that are inspired by traditional playground structures. These playground structures will then be fabricated and installed in green space created on the Seattle Center Campus.

We will be developing ideas for the artwork playground and create drawings and models that will be presented to the mayor for his consideration.

Monday through Friday
9:00 AM to noon
Fee: $145

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Includes walkabout to local museums in Pioneer Square and the International District. Lunch is not provided.)
Fee: $355

Architecture 101 Classes for Kids and Teens: Mid-Winter Classes

Hello all,

The classes for Martin Luther King Day, the day off between semesters,

January 28th, and mid-winter break are up at the Architecture 101 website.

There will be classes for students grades 3 through 12.


Class Descriptions:

A Space Station: There is a lot to be learned about design when studying

interior of a space station and how all the parts and pieces go


We will be learning how the astronauts go about their daily lives and

then take our turn at developing a more comfortable environment that

would still function for the astronauts who confront a small amount of

livable space in a world of weightlessness.

To view some fascinating footage on how space is used by the astronauts,

check out  At Home With Commander Kelly.

For January 28th in addition to the

Space Station class there will be a tour of the interior renovation of King Street Station


Town Planning: We will look at layouts of cities around the world and

use those ideas for designing a town at a pre-determined location.

The students will develop a layout of the town and become aware of

adjacencies and how towns and cities are zoned. The class will divide

into teams to create models of the different types of buildings that

make up a town.

Ecological issues will also be discussed and will be addressed in the

plan for the town.


Eco Urban Space: The students will have a pre-selected site in the

Pioneer Square/International District area which will include a city

block of existing empty lots and buildings. We will discuss the

neighborhood, its’ scale and traffic patterns as well as the values

that are reflected in the existing built environment. There will also be

discussion about what is needed in the area and how we can incorporate a

green living/working and meeting area on different levels including

building materials and techniques as well as ways to introduce the users

to inexpensive and easy recycling alternatives.


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Architecture 101 Holiday Classes During Winter Break

A Holiday Village:

The students will learn how people around the world celebrate during the winter season and then design and create their own winter holiday village. All materials will be edible gingerbread and other sweets and confections.

An Amusement Park:

We will look at amusement parks around the world and discuss what makes an amusement park successful and what happens behind the scenes of these parks to keep them functioning and running smoothly. Just for fun we will also learn more about forces in nature that cause you to stay in a roller coaster when it is going at certain speeds.

Then each student will select a theme and location, design an amusement park and build a sketch model of it.

Backyard Cottages:

The first annual international MY KID COULD DESIGN THAT! backyard cottage design challenge will be this winter. A backyard cottage is a small house that shares a site with a larger primary residence.

The challenge will be to design a backyard cottage that you would like to live in. The cottage will accommodate the functions of a house, including living, sleeping, eating, and cooking, and fit within a 20 ft. x 20 ft. x 20 ft. space.

Bruce Parker, the architect who is the founder of Microhouse Northwest, will be joining us to show us some of his designs during this session.

All entrants will be featured on the Seattle Backyard Cottage blog.  In conjunction with the competition, Architecture 101 will host the awards ceremony in February 2011 during mid-winter break week.

This is a design competition where everyone wins.

For additional information on these classes, see: Architecture 101.