AIA New York and the Center for Architecture are equal opportunity employers, encouraging diversity and welcoming applicants of all backgrounds.

PLEASE NOTE: All employees of AIANY/CFA are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as stipulated by our contracts with the Department of Education, and the Department of Youth and Community Development. Proof of vaccination will be required as a part of your onboarding paperwork.

Freelance Design Educators

The Center for Architecture is seeking freelance Design Educators to teach in our K–12 architecture and design education programs. 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.

Programs take place in schools and community sites throughout the city, and at the Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village and include:
• Learning By Design:NY Programs: in-school, multisession residencies offered during the school day or as after-school enrichment. Programs typically run for 6–10 weeks, serving multiple classes with weekly 90-minute classroom workshops on the program theme.
• Center-based Youth Programs:
o 3-day Vacation Programs held during public and private school breaks
o weeklong Summer Programs
o After-School Programs in 8-week Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
o weekend Design Discovery workshops for high school students

Design Educators are hired and paid on a per program basis. 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 $125/90-minute classroom session with students. This is inclusive of travel and prep time needed for each session. 1-hour planning meetings with participating teachers are paid at the rate of $50/hour. Mandatory Center for Architecture 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 Please put the job title and your last name in the subject line of the email.

Public Information Assistant

The Public Information Assistant is a part-time (approximately 12-18 hours per week) position that provides staffing support for the Center for Architecture’s front desk. The principal responsibility for this position is to welcome and provide basic information about AIA New York and the Center for Architecture to visitors and callers. In addition to staffing the front desk and directing phone calls, the Public Information Assistant conducts event check-in procedures and provides miscellaneous administrative support.

Pay Rate: $18/hour

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Data entry
• Greeting and directing visitors
• Providing information about programs, events, and exhibitions to visitors and callers
• Organizing and restocking exhibition materials
• Assisting with the setup of smaller meetings and events
• Conducting event check-in/on-site registration, and receiving admission payments
• Providing administrative assistance for various projects

• This flexible part-time position is perfect for someone seeking supplemental income such as retirees, stay-at-home parents, and graduate students.
• A friendly, customer service focused attitude.
• Museum or gallery experience a significant plus.
• Strong computer skills, particularly with Microsoft Office Suite.

Start date: ASAP.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: To apply, please send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Please put the job title and your last name in the subject line of your email. No phone calls, please.

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 more information, download the K-12 Volunteers application form below.