The ARC’s mission is to improve K-12 students’ creative and problem-solving skills by using educational programs that apply the principles of architecture, urban design, engineering, industrial design, and graphic design.
Our vision is that each student will have a heightened appreciation of how architecture and design relate to the world around them and be empowered with 21st century skills and a design thinking framework they can apply to every aspect of learning and life.
The Architecture Resource Center was founded in 1991 as the education component of the non-profit Connecticut Architecture Foundation. Because of our rapid growth, successful programs, and vision for expansion of services, the ARC was incorporated as a separate non-profit organization in March 2005.
ARC's programs are organized into three categories:
Master Teaching Artists/Designers conduct 90-minute classroom workshops daily over 5-10 days.
ARC programs show students how to use what they're learning in the real world.
ARC creates participatory and hands-on programs that:
Reinforce students’ learning through applied science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
Stimulate and foster critical, creative and problem-solving skills for students and teachers
Establish partnerships among families, schools, communities, and businesses
Encourage meaningful design programs as part of basic education that include the principles of architecture; urban design; engineering, industrial design, and graphic design
Raised more than $2,000,000 in grant awards from private, local, state, and national sources.
Implemented more than 2,000 workshops throughout the Northeast attended by 65,000 K-12 students, teachers, and families
Developed Design Connections Partnership Program for New Haven Public Schools grades 1-5 – each program is designed to reinforce grade-specific curriculum subject matter
Provided year-long, in-class programs for three major Connecticut cities – Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury
Presented national professional development institutes for K-8 teachers in partnership with Yale University
Published New Haven's Cultural Landscape: its changing people and places, currently used in 75 New Haven fifth-grade classrooms
Developed Hartford Connection, a publication for CT middle school students and teachers that illustrates the history of Connecticut through the changes in its built environment
ARC leadership has become a thought-leader in all things related to Design Education and is sought after to participate on national and international boards, panels, and to present at multiple conferences