Youth Education

Educating Elementary Children through Architecture – EECTA

COVID-19 amended program

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Spring school schedule has required a shift in how this program is implemented. We want to keep the program going and have developed an “in-home” option that will be fun for parents to do with their elementary school children. We have prepared some YouTube introductory videos hosted by our UCFA board families, and packets for each of the six standard lessons. Some of the lessons also have additional PDFs to support the lesson plan.

Week 1 – YouTube instructional, Scale | Body Packet

Week 2 – YouTube instructional, Space | Classroom Packet

Week 3 – Structure | School Packet, Additional support: Structures

Week 4 – Components | Block Packet, Additional support: Components

Week 5 – Planning | Neighborhood Packet, Additional support: Neighborhoods

Week 6 – Presentation Box-City Packet


Standard in-classroom teaching

The eight-week curriculum teaches the basics of architectural design to students in grades 4-6 while expanding their skills and knowledge in science, social studies, and communications.

Taught by architects and architecture students with support from classroom teachers, each one-hour session gives kids a chance to be creative and work together to solve problems. The final project is a “box city” where multiple schools connect their cityscapes together. The curriculum, created by AIA Salt Lake in 2004, meets State Office of Education standards and received a national AIA award. It is now directed by the Utah Center for Architecture

More than 2,000 children from Provo to Logan know more about design and community building thanks to this program.

To find out more about EECTA and plans for 2019 – 2020, contact Hoku Ching at VCBO Architecture, 801-575-8800, or e-mail   Box City Volunteer Flyer