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De-a Arhitectura

location_on Romania

A community of built environment professionals and teachers building the future through education.

De-a Arhitectura is a community of built environment professionals and teachers shaping a better future through architecture education for children, youth and adults. Our programs foster creativity and innovation, and help children get ready for the real world. In almost a decade we’ve reached over 30.000 pupils in Romania, involving 1150 teachers and 950 volunteer architects.

HundrED 2023


HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED Global Collection 2023

HundrED 2022

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January 12th, 2023
I enjoyed working with children, who taught me more about creativity, communication, hugs and joy than I taught them about proportions, techniques, teamwork and more.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

The Romanian battle for a better living environment is fought against ignorance! Every child has the right to know about the complex processes that transform the built environment he/she lives in. By providing resources & tools for understanding the environment we live in, children are better equipped to make choices in the future and the ideas that they are too part of the society are reinforced.

How does your innovation work in practice?

All the programs designed, starting with 2011, are meant to support children in developing a range of skills and abilities which are less used in the traditional educational process in Romania: interpretation and abstract thinking; representation and visual expression, sense of place and space; creativity; the ability to observe, to perceive and critically analyze the built environment, identifying its values; the civic sense and the responsibility towards both built and natural environment.
Children love it, parents appreciate the original activities, whilst teachers see the potential of a program which normally doesn’t take place in school as part of the regular curriculum, an intersection and coming to fruition of all other subjects taught which link together and give a bigger picture, helping children get ready for the real world. With the presence of a built environment professional alongside the teacher, pupils are being exposed to another kind of education, an experiential one.

How has it been spreading?

For us, as for many others, 2020 was a turning point, but also full of opportunities. We’ve adapted to the pandemic context and created new digital content, easily available on our channels with the hashtag #DeaArhitecturaAtHome, we’ve developed an online guide for the program “My School Can Be Cool” (participative design) and provided the tools for assessing the learning progress/learning skills of those involved, to be used by both teachers and students, we’ve partnered with a national radio station and curated “The city for people” radio show talking about relevant topics in our field during the pandemic.

The next years will be focused on consolidating our programs in the new reality and tackling a newer age group for us – high-school and university students, alongside adults.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

To replicate the program in a different context you can contact us at office@de-a-arhitectura.ro. The course materials are mainly in Romanian, but over the years we’ve translated part of it into Bulgarian, English, French, German, Hungarian and Ukrainian in 2022. In Romania, all De-a arhitectura teaching materials, workbooks and training courses are free for their users in the public schools.

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

This innovation empowers students to create to benefit their communities. Students are introduced to the concept of civic responsibility through hands-on experience and practical applications, while guiding teachers with architectural resources.

HundrED Academy Reviews
Innovation is scalable as the resources are freely available, translated and implemented across many schools.
This innovation helps the different stakeholders (parents, teachers and other adults) with a common platform from which education can serve its original intent of 'experiential learning' as well as grooming future citizens.
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“My School Can Be Cool”. A school just as we want it.
The “My School Can Be Cool” educational program was featured in the “Present continuous” section on PressOne, an independent online publication. https://pressone.ro/my-school-can-be-cool-o-scoala-asa-cum-o-vrem-noi
De-a Arhitectura at Radio Romania Cultural (IClasă - Clasa de părinți)
In January 2022 De-a Arhitectura was invited at Radio Romania Cultural to talk about its activity and about being selected amongst HundrED’s 2022 Global Collection of 100 leading innovations in K12 education from around the world. Check the radio interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl568Dcd-Io. 
“My School Can Be Cool” on Ardeal TV - a local Romanian television station
One of the architects teaching the My School Can Be Cool course, Bianca Bărbieru, was invited at a local Romanian TV station to talk about the program and the pupils' activities. http://ardealtv.ro/caleidoscop-transilvan-arhitectura-pe-intelesul-tinerilor-bianca-barbieru-arhitect/
De-a Arhitectura on the morning show of the Romanian public television
De-a Arhitectura at Radio Romania Cultural
Between February and June 2020, De-a Arhitectura was invited at Radio Romania Cultural to talk about relevant subjects in the section named “A city for people”. Check the radio shows on our YouTube channel: https://tinyurl.com/zzvcwrk9. 
Conversaciones ANIDAR: Mina Sava
We were invited to talk about De-a Arhitectura at the “Conversations ANIDAR 2021: Architecture and Childhood” facilitated by ARQA and Jorge Raedó. Video, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez7GSzR42go. 
Garantat 100%
De-a Arhitectura on TVR1, Romania’s state owned TV station: “Garantat 100%”. Video, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmjxmTiKDXM.
The story of the architects who decided to change the educational system
De-a Arhitectura on PROTV, one of the largest Romanian TV station: The story of the architects who decided to change the educational system. They teach children and raise awareness of the built environment. Article and video, here: https://stirileprotv.ro/stiri/social/povestea-arhitectelor-decise-sa-schimbe-sistemul-educational-cum-ii-invata-pe-copii-sa-fie-constienti-de-mediul-inconjurator.html.

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