Teaching Posters

Learning By Design Posters are in! Perfect for educators and parents alike, our posters capture design principals using Massachusetts Buildings; Being A Structure features sketches of making structures with your body with accompanying photographs of Massachusetts Buildings, Building Types categorizes buildings with photographs & the Design Process describes the 8 Step Design Process. Special thanks go to Peter Vanderwarker for his beautiful photographs and to Erika Zekos & Natalie Zanecchia for their design work on these posters.

What – 18″ x 24″ Full Color Posters printed on heavy paper. $20 Per Poster; $55 for the set. Shipping additional. See Images here Being A Structure Building Types Design Process

How – Contact us at to order.

General resources:

Architecture in Education (Foundation for Architecture, Philadelphia) – A compendium of sensible, specific activities to increase architectural awareness and understanding – chapters focus on vocabulary (with illustrations); design (shapes, pattern, scale, perspective); materials; structures; home; interiors; exteriors; neighborhoods and streets (mapping, walking tours); cities.

Design as a Catalyst for Learning (Meredith Davis, ASCD, 1997) – This important work is a “must read” for teachers open to making design a critical part of their students’ learning.  An in-depth yet highly readable text, including case studies.

Architecture is Elementary (Winters) – Extend students’ visual thinking through architecture. Concepts and activities from simple to complex. Clear text, fine graphics.

Architecture: Form, Space and Order (Ching) – How does an architect take space and fashion it into a beautiful building? What elements and principles of design are at work in the process? A sequenced all-graphics compendium–everything you ever wanted to know about architecture-and the visuals to explain it all.

Students, Structures, Spaces (Aaseng) – These lessons and handouts focus on: Tuning into the Environment; The Community Where you Live; People Spaces; Structure and Space; and Useful Tools and Techniques. Specific activities cover: how spaces feel; drawing floor plans; community surveys; cognitive mapping; school spaces; pace; scale; vocabulary.

Round Buildings, SquareBuildings and Buildings that Wiggle like a Fish (Phillip Isaacson) – Photos and text work perfectly together to convey the power and the beauty of architecture. A unique and valuable book, an award-winning children’s book, sure to inspire educators and children alike.

A Changing American Cityscape (Renata Von Tscharner) – Seven 11″x33″ color posters detail the changes in a fictional city, years 1875 to 1990. Guide included, but the wonderful posters speak for themselves.

To involve youth in community study, planning and design:

Box City: an interdisciplinary experience in community planning  (CUBE)

Walk Around the Block (CUBE)

Map-Making with Children (David Sobel)

Picture This! (CUBE; curriculum with slides and/or video)

Viewfinders and Viewfinders Too (Dunn Foundation; visual awareness curriculum, slides)

Youth Planning Charrettes (APA – American Planning Association)

More great resources:

Children’s Special Places (David Sobel)

American Architects (Joanne Guilfoil; curriculum and photo prints)

Places and Space in Art (Joanne Guilfoil; interdisciplinary K-2 architecture projects)

Frank Lloyd Wright for Children (K. Thorne-Thomsen)

By Nature’s Design (Murphy/Neill)

American Shelter (Les Walker)

Designing Playgrounds (Jan Ham)

A Blueprint for Geometry (Lombard/Fulton)

I Know that Building (Jane D’Alelio)

Architects make Zigzags (Roxie Munro)

Why Design? Projects from the National Building Museum (Slafer/Cahill)

Books on structures and model-making:

The Art of Construction (Mario Salvadori)

Exploratorium’s Guide to Scale and Structure

What if Feels like to be a Building  (Wilson)

Building Toothpick Bridges (J. Pollard)

Block Building for Children (Les Walker)

Modelmaking; a Basic Guide (Martha Sutherland)

Past LBD:MA Programs

Dream House Design: Kennedy School, Franklin; Cambridge Friends School, Cambridge; UMass Lowell Design Camp;  SMARTS Collaborative, Attleboro; Mass College of Art, Boston; Murphy School, Dorchester; Writer’s Express, Somerville.

Designing Our Community: King Community andMorse Schools, Cambridge; Hawthorne Youth & Community Center, Roxbury; Winter Hill after-school program, Somerville; Fenway High School,Boston; Mission Hill Summer Camp program, Roxbury.

Box City:  Community-Building Programs Cambridgeport School, Cambridge; Kenny School, Dorchester; Bridge Street and Leeds Schools, Northampton; Conte, Crosby, Egremont, Stearns, Williams Schools, Pittsfield [in collaboration with the Berkshire Museum]; East Taunton School; Central Catholic School, East Boston; St. Joseph’s School, Needham; Olmsted School, Easton; Peck School, Pittsfield; Pulaski School, New Bedford.

All-School Box City Events:Franklin,Lexington,Melrose, Palmer, Sherborn,Stoneham, Pembroke, Cambridge

Entryway Design: Boston Arts Academy; Sparhawk School, Salisbury; Holyoke High School, Holyoke; Saltonstall School, Salem.

Architectural Walking Tours: Taunton, Needham, Pittsfield, Northampton, East Boston, Cambridge, Lancaster, Highland Park, Charlestown, Downtown Boston

Places to Learn: Memorial School, So.Natick; Holyoke High School, Holyoke; KennedySchool, Franklin; the Engineering School, Boston; Fenway High School Boston.

Outdoor Learning Spaces: Cabot School,Newton;RicherSchool, Malrborough;  Boston Schoolyard Initiative collaborations: Dorchester, Roslindale,West Roxbury.

Structures: Shady Hill School,Cambridge;Miscoe HillSchool, Mendon; Condon School, So. Boston

History through Architecture:  “Cathedrals,” Sunderland School; “Town Buildings,” Coehlo Middle School, Attleboro; Berlin Memorial School, Berlin; “China House,” Shady Hill School, Cambridge [in collaboration with the Peabody Essex Museum]. “Native American Dwellings,” Murphy School, Boston. “Styles of East Boston Houses,” and “Immigration,” Umana, East Boston.”

Houses in Literature: Taunton, Marlboro,Wellesley,Arlington; various public libraries; Cashman School, Amesbury; Peirce School, Arlington

Block Design:ManningSchool,Boston;CabotSchool,Newton.

Chair Design: Math classes,CodmanAcademyCharterSchool,Dorchester.

Designing Our River Heritage:Edison Middle  School, Brighton; Parker Middle School,Taunton.

Kids Design a Sustainable Future: Warren Prescott School, Charlestown; King Open and Baldwin School, Cambridge; Egremont, Pittsfield; Murphy, Boston.

Young Artists Imagine Architecture: The Institute of Contemporary Art,Boston.

Professional Development Workshops: The Boston Society of Architects; Suskind Young at Arts (The Wang Center, Boston); Preservation Worcester; the Bostonian Society (The Old State House, Boston); SMARTS (Southeastern MA Arts Collaborative); Antioch New England Graduate School; ATMIM (Association of Teachers of Mathematics in MA); TEAM (Technology Education Association of MA); Boston Nature Center/Mass Audobon; Museum Institute for Teaching Science; NESEA, GreenBuild and AIA Conventions.

Summer Content Institute:Old Rochester Regional Schools, Mattapoisett.

Curricula Developed for Other Organizations

Citizen Schools: 12-session “Architecture Apprenticeship,” an out-of-school-time middle school curriculum.

House of the Seven Gables, Salem: architectural awareness activities for visiting classes, focusing on the history and structure of the 17th century timber-frame building.

Helping Kids Thrive:  “Workspace Architecture” design activities to complement Ms. Magazine’s “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work” project.

Steppingstone Foundation: “My City”: design and math activities for rising 5th graders in their College Success Academy summer program.

Horizons at Dedham Country Day: Box City program designed to be implemted in grades K-3 during Horizon’s summer enrichment program.