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

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Winter/Spring 2023 Design Discovery Programs

The Design Discovery Winter/Spring 2023 series will focus on developing fundamental architectural design skills and exploring the architecture of New York City. Each workshop focuses on a different core lesson that will help high school students explore their interest in architecture as well as hone skills that will be helpful for portfolio development. These workshops are open to all levels of architecture and art experience. Attend all four sessions, or just select the workshops that appeal most to you!

Architectural Sketching  (Grades 9-12) Saturday, May 6, 2023 (SOLD OUT)

High School Students and Educator Skecthing Outside

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. Lunch will not be provided. All students will be dismissed for a lunch break from 12pm – 1pm. Students may bring lunch to eat at the Center if desired.  

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

This session is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist, please email