How can I help my high school student decide if architecture is what she really wants before applying to colleges?
Perhaps, the most effective method is to have them experience the
discipline first hand. You do not tell me what subject matter you
teach, but you can relate every high school subject to architecture - be
it mathematics, science, English, history or even physical education.
There are numerous websites that can provide you with guidelines on
integrating architecture with the subject you teach -- researching a
building, designing a classroom, testing structures, drawing or
Another way is to connect with a local architect. Invite them to
your classroom, or better take a field trip to an office. Many local
chapters of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) have programs
entitled "Architects in the Classroom."
As well, encourage your students to attend a high school summer
program (attached). These programs offered by college architecture
programs are designed to help students learn more about the discipline
and determine if they would be interested. As well, have them begin to
draw/sketch every day to learn the skill of "seeing"
Finally, obtain Becoming an Architect, 2nd Edition and visit
ARCHCareers.org to learn more about the process of becoming an