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KIDS  IN DESIGN is a unique curriculum for kids, based on the principles of Design Thinking strategies.

It is an open ended approach that connects architecture and engineering to other disciplines and allows us to introduce children to such different subjects as math, geometry, architecture, design, geography, climate, history, as well as a variety of cultural and social issues. The class fosters the ability to recognize complex patterns and creatively solve challenging problems.

We introduce children to the basics of engineering thinking and architectural design. Among other subjects, we discuss:

  • The fundamentals of geometry;

  • The development of spatial thinking;

  • Social studies in the context of urban planning;

  • Basics of structural engineering;

  • How to build using recycled materials;

  • How to create and read maps;

  • What makes the cities work;

  • What are public places and monuments;

  • How to create a successful neighborhood;

  • What are the organizing principles of public transportation;

  • A variety of different architectural forms and how they fit within a city.


Each class foster the ability to speak in public and present to others, as each child is encouraged to introduce his or her work assignment to the rest of the class.


Julia Gorodetsky is the creator of a unique architecture and urban design curriculum for children, which offers a hands-on experience and understanding of the complex urban design and architectural concepts.

She holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in architecture from Tulane University, and worked for years with a world renowned architect Santiago Calatrava on the Oculus building for NYC.

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