Architecture Merit Badge
Architecture Merit Badge Info
This merit badge introduces scouts to a profession, and has very few reuirements. Everything but the visit with an architect can be easily done in a day. The requirements help a scout understand the impact an architect can have on the look and style of a community as a participaing citizen.
There is not much doing for this merit badge. The scout sketches a building in their community, and makes a scale drawing of a room's floor plan. Add in a visit with an architect and you're done..
It's a great merit badge to do individually with very little interaction with a counselor at any time of the year. It's ranked around #104 in popularity with about 3,600 scouts earning it each year.
Requirements for the Architecture merit badge:
- Tour your community and list the different building types you see. Try to identify buildings that can be associated with a specific period of history or style of architecture. Make a sketch of the building you most admire.
- Select an architectural achievement that has had a major impact on society. Using resources such as the Internet (with your parent's permission), books, and magazines, find out how this achievement has influenced the world today. Tell your counselor what you learned.
- In the Outdoor Code, a Scout pledges to "be conservation-minded." Discuss the following with your counselor:
- The term sustainable architecture. Identify three features typical of green buildings.
- The difference between renewable building materials and recycled building materials, and how each can be used in construction.
- The relationship of architecture with its surrounding environment and the community.
- How entire buildings can be reused rather than torn down when they no longer serve their original purpose.
- Do ONE of the following:
- With your parent's and counselor's permission and approval, arrange to meet with an architect. Ask to see the scale model of a building and the drawings that a builder would use to construct this building. Discuss why the different building materials were selected. Look at the details in the drawings and the scale model to see how the materials and components are attached to each other during construction.
- With your parent's and counselor's permission and approval, arrange to meet with an architect at a construction site. Ask the architect to bring drawings that the builder uses to construct the building. While at the site, discuss why the different building materials being used were selected. Discuss how the different building materials and components are attached to each other during construction.
Note: To visit a construction site will require advance planning. You will need permission from your parents, counselor, the architect, and the construction site manager. A construction site is a very dangerous place. While there, you will need to closely follow the site manager's directions and comply with all the safety procedures, including wearing a hard hat protective eyewear, and proper footwear. Be aware of the changing conditions at the site, and stay with the architect or site manager.
- Interview someone who might be your client (such as a prospective homeowner or business owner) if you were an architect. Find out what your client's requirements would be for designing a new home or business building. Write a short program including a list of requirements for the project, the functions of the building and site, how the functions relate to one another, and the goals of the project.
- Measure a room such as one where you live or where your troop meets. Make an accurately scaled drawing of the room's floor plan showing walls, doors, closets, windows, and any built-in furniture or cabinets. Neatly label your drawing with the following: your name, the date, what room you drew, and the scale of the drawing. (Drawing scale: 1/4 inch = 1 foot)
- Find out about three career opportunities in architecture. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.
Hints for Architecture Merit Badge
- Contact an architect long before you hope to meet, to explain what you need and arrange a time around their busy schedule.
- For #2, imagine how buildings, such as malls, theaters, banks, Blockbusters, that are no longer needed might be repurposed.
- Sketch the floor plan of a room in your home rather than someplace else.
Resources for Architecture Merit Badge
Recognize major Architectural Styles used in building.
See many of the great Architectural Achievements around the world.
Learn about Sustainable Architecture and how it relates to conservation.
Learn how to Draw a Floor Plan with pencil and paper.
Here are some Architectural Careers to consider.
Some other merit badges in the Professions theme include: Dentistry, Landscape Architecture, Law, Medicine, and Mining in Society. You might check them out if you found the Architecture merit badge interesting.
Jul 16, 2020 - Mike Josefek
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