Design Discovery workshops are for high school students interested in learning more about the city’s built environment and developing their architectural design skills. Offered on weekends during the school year, these workshops combine architectural exploration with hands-on design projects, nurturing the development of design thinking and providing students with instruction in architecture fundamentals such as architectural drawing, scale measurement, model building, site and precedent analysis.

Need-based scholarships are available. For more information, please see our Scholarship Application Instructions and Financial Need Form. Deadlines for scholarship applications are listed with each program.

Masks are required for all K-12 programs, regardless of vaccination status. Read our full Health and Safety Protocol here.

Check out our Youth Programs FAQs. For further questions, please email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org.

Fall 2022 Design Discovery Programs

The Design Discovery Fall 2022 series will focus on fundamental architectural design skills. Each workshop dives into a different core lesson that will help high school students explore their interest in architecture as well as hone a skill that will be helpful for portfolio development. These workshops are open to all levels of architecture and art experience. Attend all three sessions for an opportunity to round out all skills or just select the workshops that appeal most to you!

Architectural Sketching  (Grades 9-12) – In-Person Saturday, October 1, 2022

High School Students and Educator Skecthing Outside

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Date: Saturday, October 1

Price: $75

This session will focus on free-hand techniques for drawing architecture. Students will be introduced to some basic techniques for sketching architecture including methods of shading and rendering different materials. The class will start at the Center for Architecture with some basic lessons and sketching exercises, then will head outside (weather permitting) to practice observational on-site sketching at a site nearby.

All materials will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own sketchbook and pencils if preferred.  

Scholarship Application Deadline: September 17. If you are interested in applying for a need-based scholarship, please see the scholarship information and Financial Need Form here.

Plan and Elevation Drawing  (Grades 9-12) – In-Person Saturday, November 5, 2022

HS Housing

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (lunch break 12pm - 1pm)

Date: Saturday, November 5

Price: $100

Architectural drawings are part of the visual language used by architects around the world. Join the Center for Architecture for an introduction to reading and drawing plan and elevation drawings. This hands-on workshop will include exercises in interpreting 3-dimensional space using LEGO Architecture Studio as a tool for rapid model making. Students will draft a plan and elevation to scale to become fluent in this universal language

All materials will be provided. Lunch will not be provided. All students will be dismissed for a lunch break from 12pm – 1pm. 

Scholarship Application Deadline: October 22. If you are interested in applying for a need-based scholarship, please see the scholarship information and Financial Need Form here.

Architectural Model Making  (Grades 9-12) – In-Person Saturday, December 3, 2022

High school student in design studio

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (lunch break 12pm - 1pm)

Date: Saturday, December 3

Price: $100

This workshop introduces students to basic model making tools and techniques used by students and professionals. Basic cutting skills using X-Acto and Olfa blades will be introduced beginning with one-on-one tutorials before students embark on a selection of small projects to hone their skills. A list of tools and materials will be provided to encourage students to continue their practice at home. 

All materials will be provided. Lunch will not be provided. All students will be dismissed for a lunch break from 12pm – 1pm.

Scholarship Application Deadline: November 19. If you are interested in applying for a need-based scholarship, please see the scholarship information and Financial Need Form here.