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Understand the cultural and historical significance of built structures, and explore a career that increases sustainability and justice.

Architecture provides youth with knowledge and skills to equip them to explore a career in the architecture field. Youth consider careers in architecture through the lenses of belonging, accessibility, sustainability and justice. Youth learn the importance of universal design, as well as the role architecture plays in community and culture. Understanding the cultural and historical significance of built structures, youth will reimagine a world in which each new structure increases a sense of belonging, access and environmental responsibility. Via specific considerations of sustainable communities, youth will learn how to forge a path forward to greater sustainability and justice through this career.

Global Nomads Group leverages the power of storytelling to promote empathy and bring social issues to life through day-to-day realities. Read real, impactful, stories from youth participants around the world that reveal deep truths about global issues. Then youth can enhance the conversation by sharing their own stories with fellow Student to World users and participate in moderated live conversations.

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Who Should Register

Classroom teachers and school administrators.

Group leaders & mentors
Afterschool programs and groups, faith-based organizations, scouting, clubs, etc.

Independent learners
Individual youth participants


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Text + Video Formats

Experience this content through your choice of learning paths.

Text-based course

Includes written text, images, videos, and multimedia.

Content is available in a growing selection of languages.

Video-based course

The same content, but explained through video conversations.

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Learning Modules

Module 1: Everyday Architecture Around Me

Youth explore how architecture identifies a community and represents values, taking into account the concepts of belonging, sustainability, justice, and accessibility.

Module 2: Everyday Architecture Creates Culture

Youth compare and contrast the types of architectural infrastructure in different cultures and countries, examining the effects of architecture on society and culture.

Module 3: Everyday Sustainable Cities And Communities

Youth share and explore stories about the impact that architectural structures in their communities have on the environment, taking into account sustainable materials, energy efficiency, and inclusivity in design.

Module 4: Everyday Action Architecture

Youth design goals in order to further consider or pursue a career in the architecture field, keeping in mind justice and sustainability.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what the field of architecture entails.
  • Explore how the concept of ‘belonging’ reflects identity and accessibility in built spaces.
  • Learn about the implications of universal design and accessibility in the field of architecture.
  • Discover eco-friendly approaches to increase sustainability and justice in architectural design.
  • Gain a sense of how architecture represents personal and community values.
  • Delve into the concept of access to safe and affordable housing.
  • Explore the environmental impact of construction practices.
  • Learn the value of respect, diversity and justice in the architectural field.
  • Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Standards Alignments

The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC)

Career Ready Practices

  • Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.
  • Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.
  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation.


Architecture & Construction Career Cluster (AC)

  • Use vocabulary, symbols and formulas common to architecture and construction.
  • Describe the roles, responsibilities and relationships found in the architecture and construction trades and professions, including labor/management relationships
  • Describe career opportunities and means to achieve those opportunities in each of the Architecture & Construction Career Pathways.


Design/Pre-construction Career Pathway (AC-DES)

  • Identify the diversity of needs, values and social patterns in project design, including accessibility standards.


Maintenance/Operations Career Pathway (AC-MO)

  • Maintain and inspect building systems to achieve safe and efficient operation of buildings.


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production


CASEL Social and Emotional Learning

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Responsible Decision Making


Asia Society Global Competencies

  • Investigate the world
  • Recognize perspectives
  • Communicate ideas
  • Take Action


21st Century Skills

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology Literacy
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility

Designed by Youth for Youth

Each Student to World course is a product of Global Nomads Group’s unique Content Creation Lab, a virtual internship program that brings together youth leaders from around the world. Working under the guidance of subject matter experts, these participants study, synthesize information, and create age-appropriate content for their peers.

Chief of Programs and Learning Sandra Stein, Ph.D., describes the Content Creation Lab process.

“Student to World is successful in building students’ global awareness, 21st Century Skill of communication & collaboration, action-orientation, and empathy.”

Cogent Evaluation, Program Evaluation (2020)

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Teachers, Educators, & Leaders

Create an account and invite students or youth participants.


If your teacher or group facilitator gave you a code.

Independent Learners

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