Architecture By Children (ABC)

The winning entries for this year’s Architecture by Children program are now on display at the AFC Gallery. Come see a variety of architectural models by participating students and learn more about this school based program offered each year by AFC and AIA Cincinnati.

Original Article (December 11th, 2012)

April is ABC month! ABC 2013 ends strong with the Museum design exhibition on April 20th at the Main Library downtown.


JURY EVENT – Tuesday, April 16, 5:30 pm, Main Public Library: Judges review competition entries. Parents and teachers are invited to attend. Special presentation by Aaron Betsky, Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum and noted architectural critic and scholar. Aaron Betsky will speak about the importance of architecture and design in our daily lives, and in particular how it has made Cincinnati such a beautiful place.

MODEL COMPETITION AND AWARDS CEREMONY – Saturday, April 20, 9am- 2pm Main Public Library: Students, parents, teachers, volunteers and the public are invited.

BRDIGE BREAK COMPETITION –Saturday, April 20, 9am-2pm Main Public Library: Students may design and build a model bridge, to be tested for strength by professionals from THP, a leading structural engineering firm.

ABC is a free, school based program for students K-12 in area schools. This annual program teams more than 50 working architects with approximately 1300 students in more than 45 classrooms to create architectural designs and models for a competition based on a specific design challenge and theme. ABC’s goal is to engage students’ creativity, promote problem-solving skills and foster a love for the built environment.

This year students designed a museum to be located at 12th and Vine Streets in Over the Rhine. Architects recruited from local firms work side by side with participating students in classrooms between January and April. The work is guided by a curriculum developed and provided by AIA and AFC to participating teachers. Lessons emphasize design, scale, context and sustainability. Students first prepare drawings then create models using everyday materials.

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Participating Schools

Bogan Elementary

Bryant Student

Enrichment Group

Carson Elementary

Cheviot Elementary

Clark Montessori

Colerain Middle School

Crosby Elementary

Dixie Heights High School

E.H. Greene Intermediate


Fairview-Clifton German

Language School

Harrison Elementary

Hyde Park School

Indian Hill Elementary

Indian Hill Primary School

John P. Parker School

John Paul II Catholic School

Kilgour Elementary

Kramer Elementary

Leaves of Learning

Madeira Elementary

Marshall Elementary

Miamitown Elementary

Milford Junior High School

Nativity School

Newport Intermediate School

North Avondale Montessori

Norwood View Elementary

Our Lady of Victory

Pollard Homeschool

Princeton High School

Riverview East Academy

Rockdale Academy

Saint Antoninus School

Saint Francis de Sales School

Saint Gabriel

Consolidated School

Saint Vivian School

Scott High School

Sharpsburg Elementary

South Avondale School

Taft STEM Elementary

The School for Creative and

Performing Arts

The Summit Country

Day School

Whitewater Valley Elementary

Williams Avenue Elementary

Woodland Middle School


Bridge Break Schools:


Bond Hill Academy

North College Hill Middle School

Saint Antoninus

Sycamore Junior High

Talawanda Middle School

 Participating Firms  


Architectural Alliance

BHDP Architecture

Champlin Architecture

Cincinnati Museum Center

CR Architecture + Design



Furlong Building Enterprises

GBBN Architects


Hub+Weber Architects

Kepes Architecture

Kolar Design

Krista Paas Nicholas

Kurt Platte Architecture + Design

KZF Design

Messer Construction

Michael Burson

Moody Nolan

MSA Architects

Scott Webb Architect

SFA Architects

SK Architect

Steven Schaefer Associates

Synthesis Architecture

Tilsley + Associates Architects

THP Limited

University of Cincinnati

College of DAAP

WA Architects


Sustaining Sponsors: ($1,000 +)

Champlin Architecture

Cincinnati Gyro Club Foundation

Benefactors: ($500 +)


Construction Specifications Institute



Miller Valentine Group

THP Ltd.

Sponsors: ($200+)

Steven Schaefer Associates

In-Kind Services 

Green Bean Delivery


Parkey Design

Venice on Vine

Worldwide Graphics