advance public interest and education in design and architecture,
Chicago Architecture Foundation [CAF] and the American Architectural
Foundation [AAF] established A+DEN, the Architecture+Design
Education Network. A+DEN is a collaborative association of
like-minded organizations in the fields of architecture and
design, committed to promoting innovative architecture and
design education for teachers and students in grades K -12.
The founding partners, CAF and AAF, each have more than 40
years of experience developing educational programs that introduce
school-aged youth and their teachers to the built environment.
They partnered in presenting the National Symposium on K-12
Design Education in 2004 and launched A+DEN in October 2005.
Architecture and design education draws upon the creative
design process to teach and learn core academic subjects:
math, science, social sciences, language arts, fine and visual
arts. Incorporating the design process into academic subjects
enhances the ability of students to think critically and creatively.
Additionally, using the built environment as a foundation
for learning fosters educators’ and students’
interest in their surrounding community, and prepares citizens
to participate in making informed decisions about the built
For more information on A+DEN, visit: www.adenweb.org