Summer Programs give curious kids an opportunity to dive into an architectural topic of interest and test out their own design ideas. Each program explores a different theme through art and building activities, design challenges, guided investigations of architectural examples, and special site visits.

Summer Programs are week-long classes (Mon-Fri) for students entering grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12 in Fall 2022. For Summer 2022, we are offering programs both in-person at the Center for Architecture and online. All program hours are in Eastern Time. Download a PDF of all programs here.

The waitlist for sold-out programs is available here. Please confirm below if the program you are interested is sold out before adding yourself to the waitlist.  

Vaccination and Mask Policy: All visitors ages 5 and up are required to show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (with photo ID for adults) to enter the Center for Architecture. Our vaccination policy for will remain in place through Summer 2022. Please see our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol for current guidelines on masking. 

For more information, see our FAQs. Please email k12education@centerforarchitecture.org with any additional questions.

Supported by

Summer Programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

Program Overview

See general details for 2022 Summer Programs below. All programs are organized by grade range (9-12; 6-8; and 3-5) and are listed in chronological order. Grade levels are based on the grade the student will enter in Fall 2022.

Hours (ET) and Prices

One-week In-Person Programs (Grades 3-12): Monday - Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700 (4-day: $580)

Two-week Architectural Design Studio (Grades 10-12): Monday - Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00pm | $1,400 (9-day: $1,280)

One-week Online Programs (Grades 6-12): Monday - Friday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm | $560 (4-day: $460)

Need-Based Scholarships

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, please register for the program online as a “Summer Scholarship Applicant” and then submit your Financial Need From and proof of financial need to k12education@centerforarchitecture.org. Please see the link below for application instructions and the Financial Need Form.

The scholarship application deadline is May 1. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Registration for all programs is non-transferable. Tuition for all programs is non-refundable. There are no exceptions to this policy. The Center for Architecture will not provide make-ups or refunds for days missed as a result of vacation plans, scheduling conflicts, illness (including COVID-19), emergencies, or other events beyond our control.

For more information, please see our 2022 In-Person Summer Programs Terms & Conditions and our 2022 Online Summer Programs Terms & Conditions.  

Health and Safety Protocols

Please be assured that the Center for Architecture is following guidelines issued by the CDC, New York State, and New York City for appropriate health and safety procedures. If guidelines change, we will update our procedures to meet current standards.  

Educator and Staff Bios

Learn more about our Summer Programs educators and staff. 

Frequently Asked Questions

See our FAQs for in-person and online 2022 Summer Programs. 

Available Programs

Registration is now open! Program format is noted next to each topic title. All grade levels are based on the grade the student will enter in Fall 2022.

Subway Architecture (Grades 3-5) – In-Person August 1 – 5, 2022

Young students posing in front of subway mosaic

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Our favorite city in the world would be nothing without the complex subway system that runs underneath the busy streets. During this program, participants will explore some of the city’s most unique subway stops and imagine what public transportation might look like in the future as they design and build their own transit system! 

Parks and Playground Design (Grades 3-5) – In-Person August 15 – 19, 2022

Child with park model

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Kids are the experts in this program focusing on the design of parks and playgrounds. The class will visit several local parks and playgrounds in the city to assess their design features by playing (of course!) and conducting on-site analysis through surveys and drawings. Students will build on these explorations by creating their own designs and models for different types of recreation and play spaces throughout the week. 

Grades 3-5

Registration is now open! Program format is noted next to each topic title. All grade levels are based on the grade the student will enter in Fall 2022.

Dream House (Grades 3-5) – In-Person June 28 – July 1, 2022 *4-day week - SOLD OUT

Child with model house and landscape

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $580*

Would your dream house be a penthouse apartment, modern beach house, or a castle in the hills? In this program, students will imagine and design their own personal dream house or apartment in drawings and models. Examples of amazing houses from around the world will provide ideas and inspiration, but the final design is up to you! 

*Please note this is a 4-day program. There will be no class on Monday, June 27th.

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Waterfront City (Grades 3-5) – In-Person July 5 – 8, 2022 *4-day week - SOLD OUT

Class posing in front of east river with Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline in the background

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $580*

What makes cities on the water so unique? How is their design affected by their location? Students in this class will explore past, present, and future designs for cities built on or around water, including NYC. Students will create their own designs for a water city, incorporating ideas about architecture, transportation, and recreation into their designs. 

*Please note this is a 4-day program. There will be no class on Monday, July 4th.

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Building Bridges (Grades 3-5) – In-Person July 11 – 15, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Student with model of a suspension bridge

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

In this program, we will explore beam, truss, arch, suspension, and moveable bridges to learn how these different structures support weight and span great distances. Students will visit several of NYC’s bridges, then put their new knowledge to the test as they create a final bridge of their own design! 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Treehouses (Grades 3-5) – In-Person July 18 – 22, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Child with treehouse model

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Design and build your own fantastic model treehouse! Students will begin by crafting their own tree out of wood and papier-mâché, then work with its unique arrangement of branches to build a one-of-a-kind treehouse. We will explore various techniques to create platforms, ladders, swings, furniture, and other fun details. 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Skyscrapers (Grades 3-5) – In-Person July 25 – 29, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Student building a structure out of boxes

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

From One World Trade Center to the Empire State building, NYC is full of remarkably tall buildings. During this program, we’ll explore what makes these structures so strong and how their design enables them to reach such dizzying heights. Students will take inspiration and ideas from amazing skyscrapers in NYC and around the world as they design, draw and build their own skyscrapers! 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Castles and Forts (Grades 3-5) – In-Person July 25 – 29, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Child with model of a castle

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Jump into the magical world of castles and forts right here in New York City! During this program, we’ll visit some local examples of these fairytale-like structures and explore amazing examples from around the world to learn about their special design features and imagine what it might be like to live in one. Over the course of the week, students will design and build a model of a castle or fort of their own design! 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Subway Architecture (Grades 3-5) – In-Person August 1 – 5, 2022

Young students posing in front of subway mosaic

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Our favorite city in the world would be nothing without the complex subway system that runs underneath the busy streets. During this program, participants will explore some of the city’s most unique subway stops and imagine what public transportation might look like in the future as they design and build their own transit system! 

Neighborhood Design (Grades 3-5) – In-Person August 8 – 12, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Neighborhood June

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Summer is a great time to explore Greenwich Village. Join us to investigate this fun and exciting neighborhood through scavenger hunts, sketching, architectural rubbings, and more. Participants will then be challenged to create their own designs and models for an ideal neighborhood. 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Parks and Playground Design (Grades 3-5) – In-Person August 15 – 19, 2022

Child with park model

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Kids are the experts in this program focusing on the design of parks and playgrounds. The class will visit several local parks and playgrounds in the city to assess their design features by playing (of course!) and conducting on-site analysis through surveys and drawings. Students will build on these explorations by creating their own designs and models for different types of recreation and play spaces throughout the week. 

Grades 6-8

All Grades 6-8 Programs are currently sold out. The waitlist for sold-out programs is available here.

Waterfront City (Grades 6-8) – In-Person June 28 – July 1, 2022 *4-day week - SOLD OUT

Student with model of landscaped waterfront and buildings

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $580*

What makes cities on the water so unique? How is their design affected by their location? Students in this class will explore past, present, and future designs for cities built on or around water, including NYC. Students will create their own designs for a water city, incorporating ideas about architecture, transportation, and recreation into their designs. 

*Please note this is a 4-day program. There will be no class on Monday, June 27th.

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Digital Design: Bridges (Grades 6-8) – In-Person July 5 – 8, 2022 *4-day week - SOLD OUT

Student posing with computer showing digital bridge model

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $580*

In this program, students will explore the structure and design of different types of bridges through building activities and by looking at examples in New York City and abroad. Students will use this inspiration to design their own bridge using the fun and free 3D design software SketchUp and make an animated walkthrough of their finished project.

Students will need to bring their own laptop and charging cord with Windows 10, 8, or 7 or Mac OS 10 operating system for this class. Students can bring their own mouse or CFA will provide a wired mouse for student use. Students will be sent a link to download the free SketchUp software prior to the first day of class. Students with Chromebooks can use the free web-based SketchUp software. 

*Please note this is a 4-day program. There will be no class on Monday, July 4th.

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Rooftop Dwelling (Grades 6-8) – In-Person July 11 – 15, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Students looking out on New York City rooftops from the roof of a building

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Imagine life above it all in your own rooftop oasis! In this program, we’ll explore the many ways NYC’s acres of empty roofs could be put to better use as amazing places to live that also move us towards greener urban living. Students will visit some unique examples in NYC, then create their own architectural drawings and scale model of an ideal rooftop dwelling in its landscape. 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Digital Design: City Design (Grades 6-8) – Online July 11 – 15, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Digital design model of city and skyscraper

9:30 am – 3:30 pm | $560

In this program, students will investigate what it takes to be an urban planner by creating a digital model of their own imagined city neighborhood using SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Students will learn the ins and outs of this software and test out their ideas for creating livable, urban spaces as they design their own city blocks, buildings, parks, and plazas, culminating in an animated walk-through of their final project. 

Students will need a laptop or desktop computer, a three-click mouse, and Windows 10, 8, or 7 or Mac OS 10 operating system to download SketchUp software. Web-based software can be used on a Chromebook, but Digital Design classes cannot be done on a tablet or phone.    

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Public Art and Architecture (Grades 6-8) – In-Person July 18 – 22, 2022 - SOLD OUT

High school student with model

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

In this program, we’ll explore how public art such as sculptures, murals and other installations work together with the city’s streetscapes to make public spaces more interactive, lively, and fun! Students will visit some of the amazing examples in NYC and learn about others around the globe and test out their own ideas through 2D and 3D design activities. For their final project, students will design and create a model of a public art installation of their own! 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Digital Design: Tiny Houses (Grades 6-8) – Online July 18 – 22, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Digital design tiny house model

9:30 am – 3:30 pm | $560

Inspired by the rising popularity of miniature houses, students will examine small spaces and how limited square footage can inspire exciting design innovation. They’ll also be introduced to sustainable design strategies that can make tiny homes energy-efficient enough to support off-the-grid living. Students will then design their own tiny house using the fun and free 3D design software SketchUp and create an animated walkthrough of their finished project. 

Students will need a laptop or desktop computer, a three-click mouse, and Windows 10, 8, or 7 or Mac OS 10 operating system to download SketchUp software. Web-based software can be used on a Chromebook, but Digital Design classes cannot be done on a tablet or phone.    

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Treehouses (Grades 6-8) – In-Person July 25 – 29, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Middle school students posing behind their treehouse models

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Create your own fantastic model treehouse! Students will begin the project by learning about the structure of trees to craft their own scale models of the perfect tree. Using these creations as our starting point, participants will be challenged to design and build a fantasy treehouse within its branches. We will learn various techniques to support the treehouse and create ladders, swings, furniture, and other fun details to scale! 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Skyscrapers (Grades 6-8) – In-Person August 1 – 5, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Student with model of red sided skyscraper

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Structural advances in technology allow us to imagine new skyscrapers that are taller than ever before! In this program, we will explore the structures and systems that make such tall buildings possible through discussions and design challenges. Students will take inspiration from amazing skyscrapers around the world as they create drawings and models of skyscrapers of their own design. 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Digital Design: House of the Future (Grades 6-8) – In-Person August 8 – 12, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Digital green building model

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

This design studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Students in this program will investigate how housing has changed over the years and what’s in store for the future. Students will explore green design strategies such as using renewable energy sources, green and blue roofs, and natural lighting. Students will then create their own digital designs for a house of the future.

Students will need to bring their own laptop and charging cord with Windows 10, 8, or 7 or Mac OS 10 operating system for this class. Students can bring their own mouse or CFA will provide a wired mouse for student use. Students will be sent a link to download the free SketchUp software prior to the first day of class. Students with Chromebooks can use the free web-based SketchUp software. 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Green Island Home (Grades 6-8) – In-Person August 15 – 19, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Student with green island home model

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Imagine having a small island in the Hudson River all to yourself! Who and what would you bring to your island? In this program, you’ll design an eco-friendly home for yourself on an imaginary island. You’ll also learn how to create buildings and landscapes that take advantage of our climate and natural resources to make your island a “green” oasis in the city. 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Grades 9-12

Registration is now open! Program format is noted next to each topic title. All grade levels are based on the grade the student will enter in Fall 2022.

Architectural Design Studio (Grades 10-12) – In-Person June 27 – July 8, 2022 (2-week program) - SOLD OUT

High School student working on scale floorplans

9:00 am – 4:00pm | $1,280*

High School students interested in exploring the field of architecture and developing their portfolios will get a thorough introduction to the design process in this two-week intensive studio. Focused around a studio design project, students will learn how to work through an architectural program: from site analysis and developing a design concept to creating scale drawings and 3-D models of their design for a final presentation. Studio class will be supplemented by visits to an architectural office or a college architecture program, exploring architectural precedents, and design analysis activities.

*Please note this is a 9-day program. There will be no class on Monday, July 4. 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Drawing Architecture (Grades 9-12) – Online July 5 – 8, 2022 *4-day week - SOLD OUT

Student drawing of Arc de Triomphe

9:30 am – 3:30 pm | $460*

Take some time this summer to develop your architectural drawing skills! With a focus on free-hand sketching, participants will be introduced to a range of drawing techniques including one and two-point perspectives, as well as methods for shading and rendering different materials. This class leverages the benefits of online instruction, which allows us to explore architectural marvels around the world and use digital annotation tools, while building students’ hand drawing skills. This is a great chance to create some new portfolio pieces! 

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.

*Please note this is a 4-day program. There will be no class on Monday, July 4th.

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Rooftop Dwelling (Grades 9-12) – In-Person July 11 – 15, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Student with model of a white building

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Imagine life above it all in your own rooftop oasis! In this program, we’ll explore the many ways NYC’s acres of empty roofs could be put to better use as amazing places to live that also move us towards greener urban living. Students will visit some unique examples in NYC, then create their own architectural drawings and scale model of an ideal rooftop dwelling in its landscape. 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Drawing Architecture (Grades 9-12) – In-Person July 18 – 22, 2022 - SOLD OUT

High School Students and Educator Skecthing Outside

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

Take some time this summer to develop your architectural drawing skills! With a focus on free-hand sketching, participants will be introduced to a range of drawing techniques including one and two-point perspectives, as well as methods for shading and rendering different materials. Participants will visit different spaces throughout the city to practice observational on-site sketching. This is a great chance to create some new portfolio pieces! 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Digital Design: City Design (Grades 9-12) – Online July 25 – 29, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Digital design model of city and skyscraper

9:30 am – 3:30 pm | $560

In this program, students will investigate what it takes to be an urban planner by creating a digital model of their own imagined city neighborhood using SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Students will learn the ins and outs of this software and test out their ideas for creating livable, urban spaces as they design their own city blocks, buildings, parks, and plazas, culminating in an animated walk-through of their final project. 

Students will need a laptop or desktop computer, a three-click mouse, and Windows 10, 8, or 7 or Mac OS 10 operating system to download SketchUp software. Web-based software can be used on a Chromebook, but Digital Design classes cannot be done on a tablet or phone.    

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Architectural Design Studio (Grades 10-12) – In-Person August 1 – 12, 2022 (2-week program) - SOLD OUT

High School student working on scale floorplans

9:00 am – 4:00pm | $1,400

High School students interested in exploring the field of architecture and developing their portfolios will get a thorough introduction to the design process in this two-week intensive studio. Focused around a studio design project, students will learn how to work through an architectural program: from site analysis and developing a design concept to creating scale drawings and 3-D models of their design for a final presentation. Studio class will be supplemented by visits to an architectural office or a college architecture program, exploring architectural precedents, and design analysis activities. 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.

Digital Design: House of the Future (Grades 9-12) – In-Person August 15 – 19, 2022 - SOLD OUT

Student digital model of two small buildings and landscape

9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $700

This design studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Students in this program will investigate how housing has changed over the years and what’s in store for the future. Students will explore green design strategies such as using renewable energy sources, green and blue roofs, and natural lighting. Students will then create their own digital designs for a house of the future.

Students will need to bring their own laptop and charging cord with Windows 10, 8, or 7 or Mac OS 10 operating system for this class. Students can bring their own mouse or CFA will provide a wired mouse for student use. Students will be sent a link to download the free SketchUp software prior to the first day of class. Students with Chromebooks can use the free web-based SketchUp software. 

This program is SOLD OUT. The waitlist for 2022 Summer Programs is available here.