Architecture in the Schools (AIS) matches volunteer architects with public school teachers to enrich the learning experience of children. AIS reinforces core academic skills. AIS teaches children how to exercise their analytical and creative skills through the architectural design process. AIS fosters a heightened civic consciousness, bridging the gap between what is learned in school and everyday life.
AIS has reached more than 20,000 children in metropolitan Washington DC schools all wards of the District since it began in 1992 . In 2003, Virginian schools from Arlington and Fairfax county joined the AIS program. That same year, AIS undertook a special project with Leckie Elementary School.