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.

Vaccination and Mask Policy: All visitors 5 and older must be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person programs and will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (with photo ID for adults) to enter the Center for Architecture. All staff, program participants, and visitors will be required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

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

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Spring 2020 Design Discovery Programs

The Design Discovery Spring 2022 series will focus on fundamental architectural design skills. Each workshop focuses on 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 four sessions for an opportunity to round out all skills, or just select the workshops that appeal most to you! 

Architectural Perspective Drawing  (Grades 9-12) - Online  Saturday, February 5, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Student drawing of Arc de Triomphe

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Price: $60

In this session, we will explore the basics of perspective drawing to render exterior and interior architectural spaces. Students will be introduced to different types of perspective drawing and will learn how to locate vanishing points and horizon lines on existing architectural images. Students will then visit sites virtually to sketch a perspective drawing of their own choosing.

Materials Needed: Pencil, drawing paper (9” x 12” or larger recommended), and eraser. If you would like to experiment with slightly more sophisticated drawing materials, we would suggest an 11” x 14” drawing sketch pad, two pencils of varying weights (one HB pencil and one softer pencil 2B, 3B or 4B), and a white polymer or vinyl eraser. 

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

This Program is Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist, email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org.

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

HS Housing

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Date: Saturday, March 5

Price: $60

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.  

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

This Program is Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist, email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org.

Architectural Model Making  (Grades 9-12) – In-Person Saturday, April 2, 2022 - SOLD OUT

High school student in design studio

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Date: Saturday, April 2

Price: $60

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.

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

This Program is Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist, email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org.

Architectural Sketching  (Grades 9-12) – In-Person Saturday, May 7, 2022 - SOLD OUT

High School Students and Educator Skecthing Outside

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Date: Saturday, April 2

Price: $60

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.

Scholarship Application Deadline: April 23rd. If you are interested in applying for a need-based scholarship, please see the scholarship information and Financial Need Form here.

This Program is Sold Out - to be added to the waitlist, email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org.