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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.

We’ve launched Architecture At Home, a series of family-friendly activities and design challenges on our website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Outside of the current COVID-19 pandemic, 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, the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation Philanthropic Arts Program, and New York Building Foundation, and generous donations from Lu-Shawn Thompson; Judy Hunt; Christina R. Davis; Sciame; Type A Projects; CNY Group; Loci Architecture; Loring Consulting Engineers; ODA New York; Peter Sampton, FAIA; John B. Simoni, Jr. Esq; Vanguard Construction & Development, and generous individual and corporate donors.

Special Youth Programs

Virtual Class - Digital Design: Rooftop Dwelling (Grades 6-8) Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 21 - May 14, 3-5 PM

This four-week online After-School program introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. With space at a premium in cities, it is no wonder that people have taken to creating rooftop escapes from city life. From gardens, to cottages, to lighthouses, it is amazing what you can find by looking up! In this program, students will create a digital model of their own sustainable rooftop oasis complete with landscaping. Students will learn the basics of SketchUp and create a digital model and animated walk-through of their finished project. 

This Program is Sold Out – to be added to the waitlist, email

Girls Build! Date TBD

Girls ages 11–16 are invited to join Center for Architecture and the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee for our fourth-annual Girls Build! event. During this drop-off program, students will hear from women architects about why they chose architecture as a career, their experiences in architecture school, and interesting projects they have worked on. Students will then have the opportunity to create their own designs with assistance and feedback from architects.

To be added to the mailing list for updates about this event, please email


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