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The Center for Architecture promotes public understanding and appreciation of architecture and design through educational programs for K-12 students and teachers, families, and the general public.

Our programs take place at the Center for Architecture and in schools and community sites throughout the New York metropolitan area.


K-12 educational programs are supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the NYC Council, Kinder Morgan Foundation, and generous donations from Silman, Lu-Shawn Thompson, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Christina R. Davis, Judith Hunt, Rockwell Group, CNY Group, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, John B. Simoni, Esq., Levien & Company, WEISS/MANFREDI, Roslyn Consultants, WSP, and generous individual and corporate donors.

Special Youth Programs

Family Build and Wear Workshop Saturday, October 27

Create your own architecture-inspired Halloween costume! Families will learn how to “read” buildings for clues about their design and function through an interactive slide show. Using these concepts, participants will have the opportunity to construct their own wearable building using giant paper bags as the base for their design. Participants will also have the option of adding a crown to the design in the form of a building spire! This Family Program is designed for children ages 5–13 years old, accompanied by an adult.

Family Program at the Museum at Eldridge Street Saturday, October 27

Join us for a family-friendly tour and workshop at the Museum at Eldridge Street! Guided by a CFA Design Educator, families will learn about the eclectic 19th-century synagogue in which the Museum makes it home. We will explore this landmark building to learn about various architectural styles and structural ideas before creating our own designs!

This program is only for students in grades 2-5, accompanied by an adult. Please purchase one ticket per person; registration is capped at 20 people.

Building Connections Exhibition Opening Friday, November 15

Treehouse Collages, Summer 2018. Photo: Center for Architecture.

Please join us for the opening of Building Connections 2019! Building Connections is the Center for Architecture’s annual exhibition of student design work from our K-12 Learning By Design:NY school residencies and Center-based youth programs. This year’s exhibition focuses on the intersection of architecture and nature, highlighting tree houses and green buildings created by young designers, ages 7 – 13. The Center’s K-12 youth, family and school programs reach over 9,000 children and adults annually. Learn more at Center for Architecture K-12.

Discover Architecture Career Exploration Program February 18 - 21, 2020

The Center for Architecture in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects New York offers a program for current New York City high school students interested in learning more about the field of architecture. Selected participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and on-site learning at a local architecture firm.

Application Deadline: Monday, December 9

Educational Resources


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