A+DEN Pre-Conference Workshop

Hosted by the Architecture + Design Education Network (A+DEN) for K-12 Architecture Programming
Wednesday, November 14, 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Center for Architecture & Design (1010 Western Avenue, 1 Block Walk from Loews Hotel)
Registration Required

Who Should Attend? 

Not-for-profit program staff, middle and high school educators, and design professionals who provide architecture, planning, design, and/or engineering education and outreach to K-12 audiences.


This year’s A+DEN Pre-Conference Day Workshop aims to emphasize conversation and connection across our membership network. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the common issues, audiences, and learning objectives that animate K-12 architecture education today. You will come away with new programming ideas, pedagogical resources to investigate, and general philosophies to inform your views about design education. 
Specific workshop components include:
  • Personal presentation/share-outs from each attendee*
  • Intergenerational exchange between veteran design educators and individuals just entering the field (what’s changed over the years and what’s remained the same?)
  • Discussions about target audiences, organizational impact, and issues of diversity/inclusion



Coffee / Networking



Educators’ Exchange Round I (Short Presentations)

A series of flash presentations about pressing questions and lessons learned that allow Workshop participants to get to know one another and pave the way for further conversations.


Local Host Presentation: Reading the Local Landscape 

Kim Owens, Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF)
The Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF) Core Values state that "SAF is committed to racial and social justice, by providing equitable access to our programs, fostering a diverse volunteer corps, offering resources for civic engagement, and creating programs that represent diverse viewpoints within the city of Seattle.” But what does equitable access to our programs mean? What does equity look like?  Through community partnerships SAF has expanded its reach, provided greater access to its programs, and introduced local students to fundamental urban planning concepts as told through the history of Seattle’s development.





Panel Discussion: Making Your Career in K-12 Design Education

There are so many trends that come and go in education, we’ve decided to ask some of the veteran educators among us: what endures? Participants will have a chance to ask these experts for their insights about day-in, day-out sustainable practices as well as their reflections on personal and professional highlights (and lowlights!) over a career in design education.
  • Kathleen Kupper, Summit School of Ahwatukee
  • Alan Sandler, Architectural Foundation of San Francisco
  • Catherine Teegarden, Director of K-12 Education, Center for Architecture (New York)


Lunch (provided on-site)



Educators’ Exchange Round II (Short Presentations)

A series of flash presentations about pressing questions and lessons learned that allow Workshop participants to get to know one another and pave the way for further conversations.





Small Group Exercise: What do we have in common? What can we learn from each other? How can we support each other? 

Each member organization is connected to other organizations in multiple ways: the populations we reach, the sizes of our staff, the resources we have. In this session, Workshop participants will discuss multiple commonalities among their respective organizations with the purpose of identifying professional cohorts that can support one another and share ideas.




* Individual Presentations

Each Workshop participant is asked to prepare a short presentation addressing one of the following: 
  • A new education initiative offered by his/her organization (emphasis on pedagogy and lessons learned); in keeping with our overall Conference theme, if you operate a program that is directly addressing issues of social equity, please highlight those efforts.
  • A teaching resource you highly recommend to fellow design educators (e.g., a design curriculum, reference book, online source)
  • A personal introduction and one specific issue/idea you seek to learn more about from your peers (reserved for first-time A+DEN attendees).
If you wish to learn more about the Pre-Conference Day Workshop, please contact A+DEN Committee Chairs John Comazzi and Kelly Lyons.