So you want to be an Architect?

learn more about an exciting career in architecture

Our team of architects and designers—of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and genders—have teamed together to bring you the guide to a career in architecture volume 1 and volume 2. We want to help you understand what architects do, the path towards becoming an architect, other useful information to help you explore this meaningful career, and now in the NEW volume you can discover builidngs in Kansas City. Our world is changing constantly whether it be in the fabric of our streets or via economically and socially charged issues, architects are part of shaping healthier and more equitable communities.

We are excited to bring both volumes of the Explore Architecture guides to you. We hope you learn more about the profession and the buildings that shape our metro. Use these guides as tools to work with your teachers and parents to challenge your creativity and develop your interests.

Explore Architecture!


Explore Architecture! Vol 2: Discover Kansas City Buildings


Explore Architecture Video Series

This series of videos will provide a deeper look at a career in architecture, and the path to get there. 

Introduction: So You Want to Be An Architect?

Episode 1: Design Thinking

Episode 2: What an Architect Does

Episode 3: The Stages of Architectural Design

Episode 4: Become an Architect

Architecture 101 Presentations

These presentations were created to teach students at any age what an architect does, design thinking, the stages of design, and how to become architect. We encourage members to download these presentations and use them as is, or feel free to modify them to suit the presentation you are giving.  

K - 6th Grade
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7th - 12th Grade Presentation >

Opportunities to learn more

Opportunties for Schools: AIA Kansas City offers several education outreach programs on design. Designers will come to the classroom and walk students through curriculum that introduces students to different design disciplines through fun, hands-on activities. Students not only learn about the design professions, but also problem solving, team work, and presentation skills. Learn More >

Women in Design Day of Shadowing: This annual committee led event invites area high school students to shadow at local architecture firms in hopes of gaining experience about what it is like to work in the design profession. Email for More Info > 

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