K-12 Initiative

Hello Educators!
We are excited to present a new education initiative from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Women in Architecture Committee.
Up first is The Architecture in Our Community Video Series that provides bite-size content for teachers and parents to share with students in grades 6 through 9. This series offers exposure to the architecture industry through the stories of five local projects presented by a member of each project’s design team. Students will learn about various aspects of the design process and the important role that architects play in our communities.
Each video presentation highlights one Connecticut project and focuses on one aspect of the architectural design process. Projects are recognizable and/or easy to visit for students and their families. The goal of this series is to increase exposure to the profession and to a diversity of design professionals. Content is appropriate for curriculum goals related to STEM and Women in STEM. The program is designed to be useful for homeschooling, remote, or in-classroom instruction.
We hope you will find this series both instructional and exciting!
Please contact us at for more information.
Marissa Dionne Mead, AIA, LEEPAP                    Gina Calabro
AIACT Women In Architecture Committee            Executive Director, AIA Connecticut

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Each video includes a presentation along with prompts for discussion and recommended activities.

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Episode 1: Introduction
What does an Architect do?

Episode 1 is the introduction to the Architecture in Our Community series, hosted by Katelyn Chapin of Svigals + Partners and featuring interviews with five local architects: Paolo Campos AIA, Emily Ky AIA, Dominique Moore Assoc. AIA, Ming Thompson AIA, and Shamila Zubairi AIA.

This introduction offers a summary of an architect’s responsibilities as well as an outline of the architectural design process.

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Episode 2:
Research and Programming

Episode 2 covers the research and programming phases for the new Peabody Museum renovation hosted by Andrew Santaniello, AIA of Centerbrook Architects.

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Episode 3:
Community Engagement
& Concept Design

Episode 3 covers community engagement and concept design phases for New Britain’s Beehive Bridge, hosted by Marissa Dionne Mead AIA of Svigals + Partners.

Special thanks to the following Architecture Firms for their participation in this initiative.