Architecture for High School

From: $92.00 / month for 8 months

Grades:  9th–12th

Class:  Thu 12:45–1:45 p.m. ET

Dates:  Aug 26, 2024–May 9, 2025

Prepaid:  $649

Instructor: David Nance

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Course Description

HS Architecture Syllabus

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of architecture and also helps them learn to use software to create architectural drawings and renderings. Students will learn about space and form, structural integrity and safety, responsible use of materials, and other issues. They will also study education and career paths related to architecture.

Throughout the year, students will create physical and digital models. They will work on one large project each semester, with small tasks building up to the final project each semester. They will learn to identify and meet needs and will learn to document their process and their finished product.

Students will want to have a variety of drawing and craft supplies, such as:
  • pencils
  • pens
  • paper
  • scissors
  • tape
  • cardboard
  • Styrofoam

Students will have the flexibility to choose which materials they want to use when building models, so the materials listed here are for guidance, not specific requirements.

Course Structure

Each semester will build toward a different final project. During the first semester, students will learn about space and form, will experiment with physical modeling, will learn about documentation and representation (i.e., creating architectural drawings), and will learn to evaluate the program for a proposed structure. They will learn to use a variety of software programs and other tools to carry out their work. During the second semester, they will learn about materials (wood, concrete, etc.), structural integrity, safety, sustainability, and systems (HVAC, plumbing, etc.).

Who should enroll?

High school students with an interest in architecture should enroll. Although this is designed as an introductory course, students with some previous experience are also welcome. Previous or concurrent design experience (i.e., Graphic Design) is beneficial but not necessary.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Headset and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • 64-bit Windows 10 or 11(or a comparable iOS)
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 2.5 GHz or higher processor
  • A mouse (i.e., a mouse that can be held in the hand, not a trackpad mouse)

Evaluation and Feedback

This class is designed to help students grow and explore. Students will regularly be asked to explain not only their products but also the thought process behind them. They will be encouraged to consider modifications and alternatives, and will frequently revise what has already been done. This iterative process is typical in architecture, and should be viewed as a learning experience and opportunity for growth. Feedback will be encouraging and uplifting, but students must realize that there will always be room for improvement in the work that they do.


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

  • Building Construction Illustrated (6th Edition), ISBN 978-1-119-58308-0
  • Architecture for Teens, ISBN 978-1-64739-672-5


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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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