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AIA New York and the Center for Architecture are equal opportunity employers, encouraging diversity and welcoming applicants of all backgrounds. Applicants that do not follow the below instructions will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

Freelance Design Educator

[Last updated September 16, 2019] The Center for Architecture is seeking freelance Design Educators to teach in our K–8th grade architecture and design education school programs. Programs include in-school, multi-session residencies and/or after-school programs in schools and community sites throughout the city. Our programs use hands-on, project-based design activities to enrich classroom studies, build students’ understanding and appreciation of architecture and the built environment, and develop their design skills and sensibilities.

Design Educators are hired and paid on a per program basis. Programs typically run weekly for 6–10 weeks. Candidates must be willing to travel to program sites throughout the city and to collaborate with partner teachers to develop age-appropriate, sequential lessons that integrate architecture and design into classroom studies.

• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in architecture, design, engineering and/or arts education;
• Minimum two years’ experience leading hands-on art/design projects with youth groups in a school, museum or community setting;
• Excellent classroom management skills and ability to work with students of varying abilities;
• Familiarity with NY State Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and core curriculum standards.

Candidates will be asked to lead a demonstration lesson on a topic provided by the Center for Architecture. Additional training sessions on CFA curricula and pedagogy may also be required. Design Educators accepted for employment must attend an orientation session at the Center for Architecture and be fingerprinted by the Department of Education before taking on a program in a New York City public school. CFA will reimburse the fingerprinting fee.

Design Educators are paid on a per program basis as independent contractors at a rate of $135/90-minute classroom session with students. This is inclusive of prep time needed for each session. 1-hour planning meetings with participating teachers are paid at the rate of $50/hour. Mandatory CFA training sessions are paid at $25/hour.

Application Instructions:
Qualified candidates should submit two lesson plans they have developed and taught on an architecture/design topic with examples of related student work, their resumé and a thoughtful cover letter to Your cover letter should be within the body of the email, and your resumé and additional materials should be attached as PDFs. Please put the job title and your last name in the subject line of the email.

For further Information, download the Freelance Design Educator job description.


AIA New York and the Center for Architecture often seek volunteers to support a wide variety of programming. Check back here for updates.

K-12 Volunteers

Volunteering at the Center for Architecture is a great way to contribute to the community, learn new skills, and have fun! We often need volunteers for the following:

Family Day Programs: Weekend public programs for children ages 5-13 and their parents.
Vacation Programs: 3-day thematic programs for children grades 3-8.
Summer Programs: 5-day thematic programs for children grades 3-12.
Reviewers: Architectural reviewers for middle school and high school students.

For further Information, download the K-12 Volunteers job description.


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