- Tour your community and list the different building
types you see. Try to identify buildings that can be
associated with a specific period of history. Make a
sketch of the building you most admire.
- Arrange to meet with an architect. Ask to see the
architect's office and to talk about the following:
- Careers in architecture
- Educational requirements
- Tools an architect uses
- Processes involved in a building project.
- Arrange to visit a construction project with the
project's architect. Ask to see the construction
drawings so that you can compare how the project is
drawn on paper to how it is actually built. Notice
the different building materials. Find out how they
are used, why they were selected, and what determines
how they are being put together.
- Interview the owner or occupant of a home or other
building (your "Client"). Find out what your client's
requirements would be for designing a new home or
business facility. Write down all of your client's
requirements that you think would affect layout or
design of the new facility.
- Measure your bedroom. Make an accurately scaled
drawing of the floor plan indicating walls, doors,
windows, and furniture. Neatly label your drawing,
including your name and the date. (Drawing scale:
1/4 inch = 1 foot)