Lesson Plan

Architectural Design

Students will develop an understanding of basic shapes that are related in architectural design and why they are used. Students will develop architectural floor plans.
Zach M.
Classroom teacher
Canon-McMillan Senior High School
Canonsburg, PA
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Students will be able to read architectural drawings  
  • Students will compare various shapes as they relate to architectural design
  • Students will design a building based on shapes and describe how the shapes will make the structure strong and safe and well as aestically pleasing. 
  • List the four basic house 
  • Explain the chief advantages of each house 
  • List disadvantages of each house 
  • Explain traffic circulation in a floor plan
  • List the information required on a typical floor plan
  • Represent typical materials using standard architectural hatch patterns (symbols)
  • Design and draw a residential floor plan using accepted techniques
Grades 9 - 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

Teaching Method:

Using an overhead projector show students the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd8SQUsqQpY&list=UUbEKfCSIU12cEQVaJcwIhMg


In this introduction the teacher is providing visual inspiration to engage the students. The overall goal will be the excite students about architecture and start the thought proccess of what architecture means to them. 


  • Ask the students what they feel Architecture means to them.
  • Allow for classroom discussion
Student Instructions
  • View video and take notes that catch your attention for a discussion after the video. 
  • Students will participate in a class discussion that relates back to the video-what did they like about the video and what did they not like about the video.
  • Students will be asked to share what they already know about architecture 

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

Using http://simplenote.com/

Teaching Method:

  • The teacher will direct students to use their technology device  to download  if not already provided, the Simplenote app. 
  • The teacher shall provide assitance to students in using the app and will provide a brief demonstration on how to take notes and retrieve them using the app.
  • Lecture Chapter 34 from classroom text


  • The goal is to provide students will a technological form of note taking.
  • Increase student success in note-taking
  • Provide students with information needed to create floor plans


  • Teacher demonstration
  • Lecture on Chapter 34 in class text
Student Instructions
  • Using the Simplenote App on students tablets or computers, students take notes from lecture. 
  • The students will reflect back and use notes during class discussing or test taking.

3 Guided Practice

Free, Paid

Teaching Method:

  • Teacher will demonstrate how to create "webbing" and/or "Mind-mapping" of ideas for the current assignment.
  • Teacher will provide design brief of specifications to create and design a floor plan


  • Using a electronic form of webbing or mind-mapping will allow students to express solutions and ideas to the class in a visual form.
  • Students will use the specifications from the design brief to map out ideas 


  • Teacher demonstration on Bubble.us
  • After students complete their own mind-map or web teacher will create a group web or mind-map 
Student Instructions
  • Using Bubble.us app students will complete a web of ideas about shapes and what they could be used for.
  • Students will then use a "Think, Pair, Share" activity to discuss their findings.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Drawing

Using http://www.homedesign3d.net/EN/

Teaching Method:

  • Instruct students on the purpose of digital media and the importance of new technologies when creating designs
  • Allow students time to familiarize themselves with the design app
  • Allow time for students to ask questions and the teacher will provide assistance if needed 
  • Engage students in home design from design brief


  • Based on an innovative approach towards problem-solving in architecture, and developed by a team of talented engineers and 3D artists, Home Design 3D technology is the irrefutable proof that power and easy-of-use can be combined in a single groundbreaking and intuitive application. This program will allow students to use creativity in a digital form
  • Students will develop knowledge of design through 3D visual activities


  • Teacher demonstration of app
  • Teacher will provide assistance and walk around the room to engage students 
Student Instructions

Using the Home Design 3D app students will:

  • Students will use the design brief provided by the teacher to create a floor plan that meets the specifications set
  • Provide evidance of understanding and problem solving using the required app

5 Wrap-Up

Using: http://slideidea.com/

Teaching Method: 

  • Show students how to download and use Slideidea app
  • Provide students with requirements for the slideidea presentation
  • provide assitance to students 
  • Reflection on the activity with students
  • Provide feedback with graded rubric from Rubistar


  • To allow students the opportunity to create a slide presentation and present to peers in a visual way
Student Instructions

Using the Slideidea app or website and the Rubric from the teacher students will:

  • Students will use Ipads or tablets to create presentations on their floor plans and design ideas to share with the class.
  • Students will create images using the Home Design 3D application and share reasoning to the class of design
  • Students will present solutions to the class