Teen 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, please see the scholarship information and Financial Need Form here. Application deadlines are listed below.

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

Fall 2023 Teen Workshops

The Fall 2023 Teen Workshops 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 three sessions, or just select the workshops that appeal most to you! 

Architectural Photography (Grades 9-12) Saturday, October 7, 10am - 4pm

Group of high school students standing outside the Modulightor Building

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch break 12pm – 1pm)

Price: $125

Renowned architectural photographer Richard Schulman will join students on a tour of the Modulightor Building, designed by architect Paul Rudolph. Using the camera on their phones, students will investigate the building’s modernist exterior and its art and artifact-filled interior to capture and share their own unique vision. Students will learn editing skills to create images that they can add to their portfolios.

(Program will leave from and return to the Center for Architecture)

Scholarship Application Deadline: Saturday, September 23. 

Urban Planning (Grades 9-12) Saturday, November 4, 10am - 4pm

Group of four high school students working on a neighborhood model

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch break 12pm – 1pm)

Price: $125

This workshop will introduce students to the design thinking and decision-making used in urban planning. Working with a set of planning and zoning guidelines, students will collaborate to design a model of an ideal urban neighborhood, from the overall layout of the area to the design of individual buildings and open spaces. Come roll up your sleeves and share your ideas for urban living at its best!

Scholarship Application Deadline: Saturday, October 21. 

Architectural Model Making (Grades 9-12) Saturday, December 2, 10am - 4pm

High school student working on scale building model

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch break 12pm – 1pm)

Price: $125

This workshop introduces students to basic model making tools and techniques used by architecture 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.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Saturday, November 18.