Melisa Kaiser

Instructor

Melisa Kaiser is an architecture designer and homeschool mom of four. She completed an undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Nebraska, and a Master of Architecture degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology where she received the Henry Adams Medal for graduating with highest honors. She studied high rise design, with an emphasis in energy efficiency and façade technology.

Melisa has practiced architecture in residential design, including high-end kitchen design at a world-renowned Chicago firm.  Melisa’s teaching experience spans a broad range of ages; she has taught freshman level design at the Judson University Department of Architecture, and art & design to K-8thgraders at her homeschool co-op. Melisa has also taught architecture summer camps at local universities, which are week-long camp experiences for high school-aged students interested in pursuing architecture or design in college. Melisa has been teaching online architecture classes to high school students since 2014. Currently, she is homeschooling her four children and does an occasional freelance design project. Melisa and her family live in southern California.

Melisa began a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as a freshman in college. She loves to see the image of the Creator shining through each student, and considers it a privilege to inspire and guide students in developing their creative and technical abilities.

Blog Posts By Melisa Kaiser

3 Reasons Students Should Travel

Research shows that educators consider travel a priority to raise students’ cultural awareness, and they believe that it has a positive impact on students’ lives. As an educator, but also as one who has traveled, I bring you my first-hand perspective of the benefits....

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A Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Drafting Project

Frank Lloyd Wright called it “organic architecture.” In the early 20th century, Wright developed his style of architecture which emphasized integration with the landscape, use of natural materials, and open, flowing space that connected inside and outside. The first...

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Using SketchUp in Beginning Architectural Design

Prior to SketchUp, “friendly and forgiving” were not words that came anywhere near a conversation about 3D modeling software. Architecture students would spend semesters of their lives in classes solely dedicated to demystifying a computer program that would turn...

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Love for Melisa Kaiser

Thank you very much for kindling in me a passion for architecture. Thank you for being ever so patient, kind, and helpful.

A Student 

Thank you so much for teaching me new skills and for inspiring me to use my talents for God!

A Student 

My son took the architecture class...with Melisa Kaiser. She is a top notch teacher and he loved the class. I highly recommend her.

A Parent 

I want to thank you for your excellent instruction these last several months in your Architectural Drafting & Design I & II classes.  They are [student's] favorite classes and have solidified her desire to be an architect one day.

A Parent 

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