Architecture for Middle School

From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades:  6th–8th

Class:  Thu 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET

Dates:  Aug 26, 2024–May 9, 2025

Prepaid:  $549

Instructor: David Nance

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Course Description

MS Architecture Syllabus

This course is intended to give middle school students a hands-on introduction to the field of architecture. Students will learn about the parts of a building, how to design spaces that meet people’s needs, how to document their designs and many other things related to architecture. In the middle school course, most work will be done by hand, rather than using sophisticated architectural software.

Students will learn about the field of architecture. They will spend several weeks exploring the different parts of a building (foundation, structure, walls, doors, etc.). They will learn about and practice creating the main types of architectural drawings (plans, sections, and elevations). They will learn about the importance of site analysis. They will learn to create a project that satisfies the program (i.e., meets the stated objectives and requirements).

Students will want to have a variety of drawing and craft supplies, such as:

  • pencils
  • pens
  • paper
  • glue
  • scissors
  • tape
  • cardboard
  • Styrofoam

Students will sometimes be tasked with making models; they will be able to make their own choices about materials that they want to use.

Course Structure

The class will guide students through the required textbook, with a different subtopic and related task each week. Class discussions will focus on these issues, and students will share their work with one another from week to week.

The last several weeks of the year will be spent helping students to create their own architectural project. They will be given several programs to choose from, and will be guided as they design, model, choose materials, and document their work.

Who should enroll?

Middle school students who have (or potentially have) an interest in architecture, building, drawing, tinkering, maps, and/or design.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband internet
  • Microphone and webcam (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Although the architectural field uses sophisticated software that requires modern, powerful computers, the work in this class will mostly be done on paper, so computer compatibility is not a concern for this class beyond what is listed above.

Evaluation and Feedback

Feedback will be supportive and encouraging. Students will often be asked to explain why they have designed things the way they have, and they will be encouraged to consider ways to further modify and improve their designs.


Parents can contact Mr. Nance by email ( with questions prior to enrolling in the course. Once the school year starts, parents and students will be encouraged to use the Canvas Inbox system for all communication with Mr. Nance. Barring unusual circumstances, he replies to emails within 24 hours.

Required Texts

  • Architecture for Kids, ISBN 978-1-64876-002-0


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Instructor Bio

David Nance

David Nance has been teaching Spanish since 2007. He, his wife, and their five children lived in Spain during the 2019–2020 school year, and he previously lived in Uruguay. He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Europe. David has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Teaching (2007), master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction (2013) and School Management (2020), and will receive a master’s degree in Architecture in May 2024. In addition to teaching, he also worked for seven years for the Arkansas Department of Education, as the World Languages Specialist and later as a Homeschool Specialist. David and his family love traveling, learning languages, playing games, and reading. Contact: dnance[at]


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