Barn to Office Conversion - Design Concept



This lesson serves as the Introduction to the project and is geared toward getting students inspired and excited about the design problem. The Project: Students are asked to come up with a preliminary design proposal for a client who would like to move his company offices into an existing barn on a retired ranch. This project engages the students in a real life example of how architectural design can have a direct impact on those who interact with it. Students will prepare preliminary design drawings (revised site plan, floor plans and elevations) which incorporate specific design requirements from the client. They will also research and write a forecast for any potential challenges in the renovation process. They will consolidate all elements into a power point presentation. Students are given a grading rubric for overall performance expectations.

Lesson Time

1 class period
55 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (5)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (9)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will learn how issues such as stress in the workplace influence architectural design and will incorporate ideas for countering these issues as well as the effects of human and physical factors through the development of their designs.
  • Students will create a preliminary design proposal using freehand graphic communication and will then transfer these drawings and various writing assignments into a powerpoint presentation.
  • Students will develop a design proposal for the renovation of a barn and ranch property into a company headquarters (office space with outdoor elements). This will include a revised site plan (incorporating landscape proposals), revised floor plans (including renovation and possible additions) and revised elevations (incorporating plan changes).

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