1. Do the following:
a. Tour your community and list
the types of buildings 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.
b. 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.
Scouts should prepare their work
prior to the class and bring their completed work to
the class ready to share for completion. It is
strongly recommended Scouts utilize a Merit Badge
Workbook to help organize their work. Pictures are
encouraged to be gathered as a part of this
requirement (but not required) to help enhance the
sharing of information Scouts have learned in their
research and so that others in the class, including
the counselor, might have a better understanding of
the Scouts choices. Scouts will share their work and
findings during the class with the counselor and
2. In the Outdoor Code, a Scout
pledges to "be conservation-minded." Discuss the
following with your counselor:
a. The term sustainable
architecture. Identify three features typical
of green buildings.
b. The difference between
renewable building materials and recycled building
materials, and how each can be used in construction.
c. The relationship of
architecture with its surrounding environment and
d. How entire buildings can be
reused rather than torn down when they no longer
serve their original purpose.
Scouts should review their merit
badge pamphlet and come with an understanding for
discussion in the class the terms and methods
identified in this requirement. It is highly
recommended to utilize a Merit Badge Workbook to
make notes of your findings Scouts in attendance
that have not reviewed their merit badge pamphlet on
these topics and/or do not actively participate in
the class discussion will find it difficult to
complete this requirement.
3. Do ONE of the following:
a. 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 model to see how
the materials and components are attached to each
other during construction.
b. 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
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.
c. 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.
This requirement (3c) will be
covered in the class through the guidance of the
merit badge counselor.
Participants - you will need to do this
requirement on your own prior to the class.
All Scouts will share their work during the class
4. 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).
This requirement will be covered
in the class through the guidance of the merit badge
counselor. However Scouts are encouraged to take
pictures and measurements of a room where they
reside or their Scout meeting area in preparation
for this requirement and to insure completion of
this requirement during the class. Online Class
participants - you will need to do this requirement
on your own prior to the class).
Online Class Participants - you will need to
do this requirement on your own prior to the class.
5. 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.
Scouts should review this
requirement and its components and be prepared to
discuss. It is strongly recommended that Scouts
bring any notes or supporting documents they may
have to help show the counselor that they have
prepared for completion of this requirement.