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.

2024 Winter/Spring Teen Workshops are offered on Saturdays, 10am–4pm. Teen Workshops are $125.

Need-based partial scholarships are available. Upon completing program registration as a “scholarship applicant”, you will automatically receive a confirmation email which includes a link to the Scholarship Application. Your registration is complete once you submit the Scholarship Application. If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you will be notified by email within one week of the due date. At that time, balance payment will be due. Application deadlines are listed below.

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Winter/Spring 2024 Teen Workshops

The Winter/Spring 2024 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 four sessions, or just select the workshops that appeal most to you!

Drawing History (Grades 9-12) Saturday, February 3, 10am–4pm - SOLD OUT

Student working on architectural drawing

Time: 10 am–4pm (lunch break 12–1pm)

Price: $125

Preservation architects unite old technologies and techniques with new ones, bringing new life to historic buildings. In this workshop, students will explore the historic Jefferson Market Library from top to bottom (the building’s clock tower is a Greenwich Village landmark) and learn about how the building was transformed from a courthouse to a library through adaptive reuse over a generation ago. Through a tour of recent renovations, we will learn about the library’s past, present and future. Students will make drawings and sketches of details that will help stitch together the building’s rich history.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Saturday, January 20

This session is SOLD OUT. Please email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org to be added to the waitlist.

Generation Green (Grades 9-12) Saturday, March 2, 10am–4pm - SOLD OUT

High School student working on building model.

Time: 10am– 4pm (lunch break 12–1pm)

Price: $125

What can we learn from the past that will help us ensure a safe future for all living things on earth? The buildings we live, work, and play in use a lot of energy and have added a significant amount of carbon dioxide to our atmosphere which is warming our planet. Discover how architects today are exploring ways to live and build greener by reexamining the materials we use to make our lives comfortable. Taking inspiration for the Generation Proxima exhibition on view at the Center for Architecture, students will build a model of a green building using recycled and natural materials that may help to point us toward a healthier future.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Saturday, February 17

This session is SOLD OUT. Please email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org to be added to the waitlist.

Architectural Model Making (Grades 9-12) Saturday, April 6, 10am–4pm - SOLD OUT

April TW Model Making

Time: 10am–4pm (lunch break 12–1pm)

Price: $125

This workshop introduces students to basic model making tools and techniques used by architecture students and professionals. Cutting skills using X-Acto 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, March 23

This session is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist, please email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org.

Exploring SoHo (Grades 9-12) Saturday, May 4, 10am–4pm - SOLD OUT

Class of high school students standing outside on a tour

Time: 10am–4pm (lunch break 12–1pm)

Price: $125

Join the Center for Architecture for a day of design exploration in SoHo, one of New York City’s many historic districts. This unique neighborhood is a fascinating mix of old and new, home to trendy boutiques, innovative new buildings, and the largest collection of 19th century cast-iron buildings in the world. After an introduction to key design elements, we’ll explore this area’s architectural treasures on foot, then return to the Center where students will create a new building to fit in this historic district.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Saturday, April 20

This session is SOLD OUT. Please email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org to be added to the waitlist.