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

Summer Education Program Assistant

[Updated March 25, 2019]

Program Dates: June 17 - August 23, 2019 (Closed July 4-5)

Program Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday (with 1 hour unpaid lunch)

Program Location: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

About the Center for Architecture: The Center for Architecture is a leading cultural venue for architecture and the built environment in New York City. The Center for Architecture shares a home with the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and has the unique advantage of drawing upon the ideas and experiences of practicing architects to produce thought provoking exhibitions, informative public programs, and quality design education experiences for K-12 students, teachers and families. It also leads New York City’s annual month-long architecture and design festival, Archtober. The Center for Architecture’s aim is to educate a broad audience about the built environment and the value of contemporary architectural practice in urban life. Through informative exhibitions, timely public programs and design education experiences for K-12 students and families, the Center reveals the transformative power of architecture and serves as a vital place of collaboration and dialogue for building professionals and the general public alike.

This is a full-time (40 hour/week) position assisting with the Center for Architecture’s Summer Programs weekly architectural studio programs for students in grades 3-12. The Summer Assistant provides artistic and administrative support to the educators leading the Summer Programs. Responsibilities include:

• Assist with all activities in the classroom and on field trips
• Assist with management and supervision of the camp group
• Help with daily program prep and clean-up
• Coordinate student check-in/check-out
• Administrative support as needed
• Assist with program publicity: photo, video, and written documentation of programs for web and online posting

• B.A. in Art, Architecture, Education or related field (completed or currently pursuing)
• Substantial experience in education or youth programs
• Hands-on model building and artistic skills
• Professional and friendly manner
• Ability to take initiative and work both independently and collaboratively
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Computer skills that include MS Office and social media
• Strong interest in CFA’s educational programming & mission

Compensation: $20/hour (calculated based on weekly timesheets)

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter by April 15, 2019 to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Only applicants we wish to interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Freelance Design Educator

[Last updated August 7, 2018] 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.

Design Educators accepted for employment must attend an orientation session at the Center for Architecture on September 5th, 2018 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. Additional training sessions on CFA curricula and pedagogy may also be required.

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 prep time needed for each session. 1-hour planning meetings with participating teachers are paid at the rate of $50. Mandatory CFA training sessions are paid at $20/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 ages 5-18.
Summer Programs: Week-long thematic programs for children ages 5-18.

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


K-12 Summer Volunteers

Looking to share your interest in architecture and design with young people this summer? Volunteer for a week-long summer program at the Center for Architecture!

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


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