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Meaningful, Relevant, Educational Programs


Youngsters set out on a Downtown walking tour

Year-round, PHLF offers a variety of educational programs that bring the Pittsburgh region’s rich history and architecture to life for people of all ages and abilities.

PHLF involves more than 12,000 people each year in learning about the region’s significant architectural heritage through guidebooks, illustrated lectures, hands-on workshops, artifact kits, tours, poetry and art, architectural design challenges, career awareness programs, after-school enrichment, an Architecture Apprenticeship, and special events.

In the process, participants develop a sense of hometown pride, learn to value diversity (because it’s the different styles and ages of buildings that make a city distinctive), and have the chance to imagine, inquire, investigate, explore, create, and share.

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High school students on an architectural tour of Carnegie Mellon University

“We are able to offer a full-range of meaningful, relevant, hands-on educational programs because of the generous contributions we receive from many foundations and donors,” said Executive Director Louise Sturgess. “We can do that because we have a terrific group of docents who aid our staff by volunteering more than 2,000 hours each year to lead tours and to present lectures.”

A Pittsburgh Public School teacher summed up the satisfaction that many thousands of people feel after participating in one of PHLF’s award-winning educational programs: “A million thank-yous. The knowledge that my students and I acquired today will last a lifetime.”

Architecture Learning Network (ALN)

PHLF is a founding partner in the regional Architecture Learning Network (ALN),
funded by a Remake Learning Pathways grant from The Sprout Fund in 2016.
ALN organizations ( including ACE, Assemble, Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture, Carnegie Museum of Art, Fallingwater, PHLF, University of Pittsburgh’s Architectural Studies Program, and Young Preservationists Association) collaborate and provide opportunities for middle and high school students to become interested in architecture, active in their communities, and knowledgeable about the design process, historic preservation, sustainability, and digital technology. Visit to learn more.


Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633