2016 Architecture Merit Badge Workshop

Registration is full for the workshop. There is a link below to be added to a waitlist. Thank you.

This workshop is free and open to all scouts, boys and girls. Upon completing the workshop Boy Scouts will have earned an Architecture Merit Badge.

Boy Scouts must bring their own blue card!

Registration is required and attendance is limited. Thank you.
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August 6, 2016
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Architecture Center Houston
315 Capitol, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77002

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AIA Houston is happy to announce its 2016 Architecture Merit Badge Workshop will be held on Saturday August 6 from 8am to 1pm at Architecture Center Houston. The workshop is open to boys and girls and is free of charge. Attendance is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. We ask that troops plan to bring one chaperone per every 5 scouts. Please register each scout individually online by following the link on the left side of this webpage. Online registration will be closed once the workshop reaches capacity. Below is a list of the requirements that will be completed in the workshop as well as the research assignments the scouts must complete prior to the workshop and bring with them. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Workshop Activities
Walking tour of downtown architecture
Visit an architect’s office
Look at models and drawings
Learn about and discuss sustainable architecture, green buildings, materials, and preservation
Create a scale drawing of a room
Discuss career opportunities in architecture
An introduction to SketchUp (SketchUp is 3D modeling software that can be downloaded from the internet for free)

Required Research Assignments
Select an architectural achievement that has had a major impact on society and research how it has influenced the world today.
Scouts must turn in a one page written summary of this assignment at the workshop to receive a certificate of completion and have their blue card signed(boy scouts).

Recommended preparations for all scouts:
We recommend scouts research the following topics to help them better participate in workshop discussions:
What is sustainable architecture; Identify three features of green buildings; the difference between renewable building materials and recycled building materials; how architecture relates to its surrounding environment; and how buildings can be reused instead of torn down when they no longer serve their original purpose; what are some of the career opportunities for architects

Boy Scouts need to bring a blue card with them to the workshop for our facilitator to sign upon completion.

This workshop is organized and led by volunteer architects.