Rebekah Laurenzi<br>Rebekah Laurenzi at the 2009 Paul R. Williams Summer Institute

The Education section provides teachers with tools to create lessons exposing K12 students to architecture. These Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) units can also be used in a general education (cross-disciplined) setting for students at all levels: Elementary/Emerging; Middle/Proficient; High/Advanced. The tools provided here include:

  • Unit Plans: Form and Function, Styles & Elements of a Building, What is an Architect, Design and the Human Experience
  • Timeline: Paul R. Williams, News Headlines, Social History, American Architecture
  • Glossary of basic architectural terms with illustrations
  • Bibliography for teachers
  • Bibliography for students

Paul R. Williams was a successful architect. He overcame obstacles to achieve his dream and eventually become known as the “architect to the stars.” Teachers can use our GALLERY for examples of Williams' architectural designs or the TIMELINE for milestones in American architecture. The GALLERY essays and the TIMELINE provide a context for the buildings.

Paul R. Williams wanted to be an architect. He was told by his teachers that because he was African American he would not succeed. Williams proved them wrong and found a way to reach his goal. He is an example of a resilient role model for students. 

In 2009 The Paul Revere Williams Project conducted an educational workshop for teachers on using architecture in the classroom. Feedback from these sessions is incorporated into the Unit Plans found in this section.

Photograph: Rebekah Laurenzi at the 2009 Paul R. Williams Summer Institute.