How would students design vibrant communities along the Atlanta BeltLine?  Elementary, middle, and high school students around metro Atlanta explore this fascinating question at this year’s AIA Atlanta Youth Architecture Fair on Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at the High Museum.
The Youth Architecture Fair offers an exciting afternoon for young people to express their imaginative thoughts, apply their creativity and make fun models with the theme “Explore the Beltline, Explore the Future.”
As the keynote speaker, Ryan Gravel, a Senior Associate at Perkins + Will who conceived the Beltline as a Georgia Tech graduate student, sets the tone for young minds to consider how this $2.8 billion redevelopment project shapes Atlanta with its mix of parks, trails and transit. Reflecting on his ideas, students divide into small groups, sketch, design and create their own building models for a gigantic city model under the guidance of volunteer architects and design professionals.
The Fair culminates with the student presentation of their designs in front of families, friends and visitors to the High Museum. This event is free for all elementary, middle and high school students.
Registration ends on Friday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. To register, contact Missy Bower at or visit AIA Atlanta online at Select the “Students and Interns” and then tab the “K-12” for more information. The K-12 committee of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects
(AIA Atlanta) sponsors the Youth Architecture Fair and other educational programs throughout the year to engage and educate students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, their teachers and families about architecture.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.