• Design your own house plans like an architect! In a scaled down version of an architectural firm and studio, students will develop design skills as they imagine, discover and create 3D and 2D drawings and physical models. Students will also explore the latest industry software like Revit, Google Sketchup, Illustrator and AutoCAD to use as a tool to communicate their designs. Throughout the year, students will build their design portfolios with outside-the-box work and will eventually design their own energy efficient sustainable home. Other projects include design-thinking creative solutions for healthy environments, community gathering spaces, new experiences, and Chicago Architecture Foundation projects.

    • This course qualifies for dual college credit (3 hours)
    • This course fulfills the graduation requirement for fine and/or practical arts.


    • Analyzing and developing of different housing styles
    • Kit of Parts - Design based on constraints, inspiration, and purpose
    • Tiny Home - Imagination, design, fabrication, sustainability blueprints
    • Common Space - Human centered design, problem-solving solutions for an infill in the city, design elements
    • Dream House Design - Full blueprint set of a house you design
    • Proun - Design a structure by analyzing the hierarchy of a painting - creative thinking

Introduction to Architecture Video