Design Resources
  • AccessArt: Visual arts teaching, learning & practice
    A UK-based organization that facilitates visual arts workshops and provides an online collection of teaching ideas and learning resources.

  • ACE Mentor Program: Architecture, Construction, Engineering
    The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. encourages high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering through mentoring.

  • America's Favorite Architecture
    An online project featuring 150 architectural projects selected by the American public, with descriptions and highlights of each building.

  • American Institute of Architects
    The AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857.

  • American Planning Association: Youth and Teachers
    Resources dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of planning — physical, economic and social — to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live.

  • American Society of Civil Engineers: Classroom Resources
    ASCE provides K-12 resources and activities for that are aligned with national education standards and help introduce the "E" in STEM education.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects: The Roof is Growing!
    The Roof is Growing! is a classroom program developed by the ASLA to engage and educate middle school students about green roofs and their environmental benefits.

  • ArchitectureWeek: Great Buildings
    Photographs, architectural drawings, maps, timelines, 3D models, commentaries, bibliographies, and web links for one thousand classic examples of architecture from around the world.

  • Arcspace
    Arcspace is an online architecture and design magazine that features current and historical projects.

  • Center for Media Literacy
    The Center for Media Literacy works to help develop the critical thinking and skills needed to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and participate with media culture in the twenty-first century.

  • Center for Urban Pedagogy
    CUP Youth Education projects bring together professional artists and designers with New York City public high school students to investigate fundamental questions about how the city works.

  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
    Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum believes that design shapes our objects, environments, and communications, making them more desirable, functional, and accessible. The Museum celebrates the nature of design and explores its impact on the quality of our lives.

  • CUBE: Center for Understanding the Built Environment
    CUBE brings together educators with community partners to effect change that will lead to a quality built and natural environment. Site includes lesson plans for grades 3-12.

  • D.I.Y. Kids
    Blog and website featuring design projects for kids.

  • Design Dictionary - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
    See how different design disciplines work in Design Dictionary, Cooper Hewitt's video series.

  • Donors Choose
    Connects teachers with donor funding for proposed projects

  • Ellen Lupton: writer, designer, curator, critic
    Ellen Lupton's personal website, which features essays, teaching materials, links, and more.

  • Imagination Place!
    Involves kids as shapers and makers of technology.

  • Intel Design and Discovery: Experiencing Engineering Through Design
    Design and Discovery is an interdisciplinary enrichment curriculum that engages students, ages eleven to fifteen, in hands-on engineering and design activities that enhance knowledge and problem solving skills.

  • Library of Congress: Geography and Map Division: Cities and Towns
    A digital library of maps. These maps depict the evolution of cities illustrating the development and nature of economic activities, educational and religious facilities, parks, street patterns and widths, and transportation systems.

  • Materials For The Arts, NYC
    Materials For The Arts provides New York City public schools and nonprofit arts programs with materials donated by companies and individuals.

  • National Building Museum
    The National Building Museum, based in Washington, D.C., is America's leading cultural institution devoted to the history and impact of the built environment.

  • National Park Service: National Register of Historic Places
    The official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

  • National Park Service: Teaching with Historic Places
    Use properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects.

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
    The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places.

  • NEXT.cc
    NEXT.cc, based on Wisconsin Art and Design Standards and Common Core State Standards, is an eco web that develops ethical imagination and environmental stewardship through activities and links to cultural heritage institutions.

  • NOVA: Build a Bridge
    Resources and activities about bridges.

  • Object of the Day - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
    Explore the extensive collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and see the objects in a new light in this daily blog, featuring posts contributed by curators, educators, interns and other museum staff.

  • Philadelphia Center for Architecture: Architecture in Education
    Contains several resources for teachers interested in incorporating built environment education into the classroom.

  • Project for Public Spaces
    Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Since 1975, PPS has completed projects in over 2500 communities in 40 countries and in all 50 US states.

  • Show Me
    The UK website, Show Me, contains projects, ideas, galleries, and games, inspired by gallery exhibits in museums from across the world.

  • Society of Architectural Historians
    The Society of Architectural Historians promotes the study and preservation of the built environment worldwide.

  • The Futures Channel: Design
    Design video resources for use in the classroom.

  • The Heritage Education Network
    Local cultural and historic resources, lesson plans, activities, and ideas for teachers.

  • The Salvadori Center
    The Salvadori Center uses the built environment—buildings, bridges, skyscrapers, etc.—to help students understand math and science concepts.

  • Trimble SketchUp
    Free 3D modeling software for design and engineering professionals