Dream House

Designing Architect Barbie's Dream House

Article: Designing Architect Barbie's Dream House

The very modest first edition Dream House
The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) was actually pretty excited when the annual Barbie “I Can Be” contest (finally, and after much debate) selected architect as Barbie’s career for 2011. In fact, AIA is so excited about it they’ve already featured her in two events. The first was a talk led by a female architect for 7-9-year-old girls (Barbie’s main demographic) in order to introduce them to the idea of pursuing a career in architecture when they’re older (the girls were each given their very own Architect Barbie as a reminder). The second event is slightly, umm, dreamier – a competition for AIA members to design Barbie’s Dream House. As a former Dream House owner (Mine was a rickety plastic fold-out model for easy storage) I’m looking forward to what actual designers (sorry Mattel) come up with to accommodate Barbie’s fun, playful, entertaining-heavy lifestyle.