The Alberti Program-Architecture for Young People is a problem-solving studio workshop about architecture, community, and the environment for fourth- through ninth-grade students from St. Louis schools.
Questions about sustainable design are an underlying theme throughout the workshop. Students get hands-on experience tackling 2- and 3-dimensional problems in architectural design, with an eye toward the greater environment. They also are introduced to the field of architecture through lectures, discussions, and reviews about design projects, and use libraries and computer labs on campus.
Gay Lorberbaum, senior lecturer in architecture, leads the curriculum, and Washington University graduate and undergraduate students in architecture serve as teaching assistants.
The workshops are held every Saturday afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year at Washington University. For the summer session, workshops are held daily for four weeks during the month of June.
Although the program is free, selection is limited to students chosen by their principals and teachers.