Education Outreach


The Education Outreach committee is dedicated to introducing K - 12 students to careers in architecture and design.  We offer a variety of programs that both schools and students can take advantage of, including presentations to schools and  job shadowing.  All of our programs are free to the schools and are presented by AIA Kansas City members.  The presentations are offered both live and virtually and can be tailored to fit the needs of the school.

The goal of all of our programs is to introduce students and teachers to design, design thinking, and careers in design.  We also want to help students and teachers understand the skills that are needed in architecture and other design related fields—problem solving, creative thinking, collaboration, communication skills, presentation skills, leadership skills, technical knowledge, and community awareness, and that those skills can translate into many other career fields. Students will experience hands-on, collaborative, and dynamic workshops that will illustrate the relevance of design in their daily lives and enhance their appreciation of design and the world around them.

Explore Design

During much of 2015 and 2016, volunteers from the Center for Architecture & Design have worked on developing curriculum for a new education outreach program called Explore Design!  This nine session program was created to teach students about design and careers in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, interior design and graphic arts.  This program utilizes volunteers from AIA Kansas City, PGASLA, APA KC, IIDA MA and AIGA KC to lead sessions that introduce students to each discipline through fun, hands-on activities. Students not only learn about the design professions, but also problem solving, team work and presentation skills. 

Intro to Architecture

AIA Kansas CIty also provides a short, one-session Intro to Architecture program. Architect volunteers head to the class room to give a brief overview of architecture along with a fun, hands-on project designing uniques spaces for animals.  


If your school would be interested in one of these programs reach out to


AIA Kansas City needs volunteers to help facilitate these programs.  If you are an architect who likes working in the classroom this is for you.



Sarah Kempf, AIA
Matthew Hollingsworth, Associate AIA

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