African American Architects
Math and Art
How can students learn about area of rectilinear figures through the creation of architectural blueprints?
Step 1: Look at a photograph of Villa Lewaro, designed by Vertner Woodson Tandy. Using artful thinking, analyze the components of the photography.
Step 2: Distribute Architect Folders to small groups and explore various blueprints and architects about Robert Taylor, Verner Tandy and Paul Williams. Explore how items are placed in blueprints.
Step 3: Using the blueprints, measure the areas of each rectangle and then explore how these shapes are used in both overlapping and non-overlapping ways.
Step 4: Students create their own blueprints of their dream home using graph paper and drawing pencils, ensuring the use of overlapping and nonoverlapping parts.
- Read, discuss and share about architects they have been assigned.
- Apply knowledge of architects and math concepts using graph paper to create a blueprint of their dream house.
- Create a design that has an area of 50 squares