The Alberti Program: Architecture for Young People, now in partnership with PGAV Destinations, allows St. Louis students grades 4 through 8 to explore architecture and design through hands-on learning.
Summer 2018 Partnership with the Divided City Initiative.
Building a pipeline of designers and problem-solvers
Since 2007, the Alberti Program has brought young people from across the St. Louis region to the Washington University campus for a hands-on experience tackling 2- and 3-dimensional problems in architectural design, with an eye toward the greater environment. They are introduced to the field of architecture through lectures, discussions, and reviews about design projects. They explore campus and connect with Washington University graduate and undergraduate students, who serve as teaching assistants.
The Alberti Program has five objectives:
- Fuel the next generation through teaching architecture and design with an emphasis on sustainable environments.
- Encourage young people from families with low incomes and young people of color to become architects and designers.
- Train young people to build skills critical for success and personal development through the lens of design and architecture.
- Develop and foster responsibility, accountability, contextual learning, and personal growth among Washington University students.
- Engage in the K–12 education system to cultivate and deepen connections between Washington University and the St. Louis community.
Fourth- through eighth-grade youth participate in online workshops
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alberti Program meant creating projects that youth could complete at home.
The American Institute of Architects and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion recently selected the Alberti Program as the 2016 honoree of the AIA Diversity Recognition Program.
The Alberti Program is supported through funding from PGAV Destinations; The Divided City: A Mellon-Funded Urban Humanities Initiative; AIA St. Louis; and generous individual donors.