ARC Mission  & Vision

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.

Brief History

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:

K-12 Programs
Master Teaching Artists/Designers conduct 90-minute classroom workshops daily over 5-10 days. 
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Community/Festival Programs
ARC collaborates with cultural and social-service agencies to create participatory family events.
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Outreach
ARC leadership participates in state, national, and international conferences and organizations focused on advancing the field of Design Education.
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How we do it

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