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The Center for Architecture’s After-School Programs are offered throughout the school year. Each program explores an architectural topic of interest through art activities and design challenges, building students’ design skills and understanding over a series of sessions.

For Fall 2021, we are offering After-School programs both in-person at the Center for Architecture and online. Programs are 8 sessions long and meet once a week. Details about themes, dates, and registration are below.  

Need-based scholarships are available. For more information, see our Scholarship Application Instructions and Financial Need Form. The scholarship application deadline for programs beginning in October is Monday, September 20th. 

Vaccination and Mask Policy for In-Person Programs: All individuals 12 and older must be fully vaccinated in order to attend, and will be required to show ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the Center for Architecture. All staff, program participants, and visitors will be required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. We will also conduct temperature checks upon entry to our programs.

For more details about our programs, check out our Youth Programs FAQs. For further questions, please email 


After-School 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.

After-School Programs

Registration for Fall 2021 After-School Programs is now closed. Information for Winter 2022 After-School Programs will be available in December.

Cutting Edge Architecture (Grades 3-5) - In-Person Wednesdays, October 6 - December 1, 2021

Student with pyramid and building model

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Days: Wednesdays

Dates: October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27, November 3, November 10, November 17, and December 1.

Please note: the program will not meet on November 24.

Price: $350

In this 8-session after-school program, students will be introduced to current innovations in architectural design and construction. As a class, we will investigate new materials, technologies, and design approaches that are paving the way for what our future homes, buildings and cities will look like. Students will explore topics such as sustainability, timber towers, 3D printed buildings, and more! Using varying model making techniques and materials, students will create their own versions of each innovation. By the end of the program, each student will design and build their own state of the art structure! 

Registration for this program has closed.

Digital Design: Pop-Up Architecture (Grades 6-8) - Online Mondays, October 4 - November 29, 2021

Jillian Cheary Store Design 2019

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Days: Mondays

Dates: October 4, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, November 22, and November 29.

Please note: the program will not meet on October 11.

Price: $350

This 8-week after-school program introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free digital design program used by professional designers. Students will learn the fundamentals of the program through small projects, culminating in designing their own temporary pop-up store in NYC. Whether it’s a skateboard shop, café/restaurant, or fashion center, students will have fun seeing their designs come to life while learning valuable skills. 

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. 

Registration for this program has closed.


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