Architects design the spaces in which we live, work, and play. Though not a "classical" STEM field, the field of architecture encompasses all aspects of STEM –science, technology, engineering and math, with a nice dose of art and design thrown in. The demand for architects is on the rise, and there has never been a more exciting time to enter the field. Emerging subfields in sustainability and green building place architects in a unique position to help minimize our impact on the environment.

In this series of three short videos, professionals in the field describe what it is they love about what they do, their educational background and career path, as well as how they use the math and science they learned in high school on the job every day. Through accompanying concept videos, students also learn how the math and science concepts they are learning are used in the real-world by STEM professionals. The concept videos will help meet Ohio Academic Content Standards for Physics, Trigonometry, and Statistics.

Architecture: Careers

Professional architects and architecture students from the University of Cincinnati and construction professionals from Turner Construction share their insights into the field of architecture. Learn about why these professionals chose this field, what they love about their jobs, and share tips on how you can prepare yourself for a career in architecture.

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Architecture: Physics

Forces and motion, loads and structures are all considerations when planning and designing buildings. As an architect, that high school class in physics will certainly pay off. In this video, we'll get beyond Newton's apple and find out about a real-world physics application, and how all architects must contend with gravity to make buildings that are safe and practical.




Ohio Academic Content Standard Grade 12
Physical Sciences
Describe how gravitational forces act between all masses and always create a force of attraction. Recognize that the strength of the force is proportional to the masses and weakens rapidly with increasing distance between them.
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Architecture: Trigonometry

The Laws of Sines and Cosines aren't just useless formulas learned in high school trigonometry classes. These handy equations are included in the everyday toolkit of professional architects. In this video we'll see examples of how architects apply these formulas in order to solve design problems.

Ohio Academic Content Standard
Grade 11
Geometry and Spatial Sense
Use trigonometric relationships to determine lengths and angle measures; i.e., The Law of Sines and Law of Cosines
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The following three teacher resource videos provide teachers with additional background information about the architecture profession and how to help interested students prepare for an architecture educational path. Related teacher concept videos offer instructional strategies for teaching the concepts addressed in the student videos while making ties to their real-world applications. Each video offers teacher tips, discussion suggestions, and additional resources.


Additional Resources
University of Cincinnati DAAP
http://daap.uc.edu/
American Institute of Architects
http://www.aia.org/
AIA Ohio
http://aiaohio.org/

Additional Resources

University of Cincinnati DAAP
http://daap.uc.edu/

American Institute of Architects
http://www.aia.org/

AIA Ohio
http://aiaohio.org/


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