It’s Time For You To Go Back To School, Too!

October 17, 2018

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It’s Time For You To Go Back To School, Too!

AIA Fellow Jerry Eben and member D J Pierre, Associate AIA, present to the 6th-grade students about Architecture.


Now that the teachers and students are settled into the school year, it’s a great time to introduce yourself at your community school and offer to come to class to give a presentation on architecture and being an architect.

AIA New Jersey’s 2018 President, Verity Frizzell, FAIA, has worked closely with her peers from across the nation to examine the areas where the profession could use an equity boost. One of the recommendations from the National Equity Committee that Frizzell believes will have the most impact is bringing Architecture presentations into our public schools. Most families will not work with an architect in their lifetime, and those that do may not involve their children.  Bringing models, drawings, photographs and tools into a classroom is a great way to introduce the profession to the next generation. Encouraging a diverse population of up and coming students is an excellent way to tilt the scales towards a more equitable population in the future of our profession.

AIA NJ President-Elect Judy Donnelly, AIA, designer and bi-lingual translator Juan Mosquera and AIA NJ first vice president Steve Lazarus, AIA presenting to 4th graders at Roberge School in Rivervale, NJ

To help you along the way, John Fallon, AIA, and the Equity in Architecture Committee have been working to compile resources to make your presentation easier. Please click the correct link to take you to the materials you might find useful. Have questions?  Contact incoming K-12 Co-Chair, John Fallon at or Equity Committee Chair Stacey Kliesch at We also welcome your photos with written approval to publish them. Good Luck!!


K-12 School Program Resources




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