How to I register for youth programs?  

  • Registration and payment for all our youth programs can be handled through our program pages which are linked to our K-12 Education Page. Registration can also be handled through our programs calendar by navigating to the day of the program (or first day of the program series).

Do you offer scholarships for youth programs?  

Do you offer a payment plan?  

  • We do not have a payment plan available. Full tuition is due at the time of registration, except for need-based scholarship applicants who can delay payment until they have received notice of any scholarship award the Center for Architecture is able to provide.

Do you have a multiple child discount?  

  • We do not offer a multiple child discount.

What does waitlist mean?  

  • Waitlist means that we are currently full for that program. You are welcome to sign up for the waitlist, but a spot will only open if someone else cancels their registration. You are placed on the waitlist in the order that you registered. To be added to a waitlist, please email and provide your name, email, phone number, student’s name, students grade, and the name and date of the program you are interested in. We will contact you if a spot opens in the program.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?  

  • Registration for all youth 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 because 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 Youth Programs Terms & Conditions and our 2022 Online Youth Programs Terms & Conditions.


What is the Center for Architecture doing in response to COVID-19?  

  • All visitors 5 and older must be fully vaccinated and will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (with photo ID for adults) to enter the Center for Architecture. The vaccination policy for Youth Programs will remain in place through the end of Summer 2022. Please be assured that the Center is following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (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. Please see the Center for Architecture’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol for current guidelines. 

What happens if circumstances require the Center for Architecture to move my child’s class to an online format? 

  • If a COVID infection requires us to transition the class to an online format, students will continue to meet as a class at the regularly scheduled time with program activities designed to be completed at home.

Are lunch or snacks included?  

  • No. If applicable, students should bring their own lunch, snacks, and re-fillable water bottle for their programs. All lunches and snacks should be nut free.

Where should I go on the first day of the program? 

  • All in-person programs meet at the Center for Architecture at 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012. On the first day of class, we will check participants’ IDs and vaccination status. Adults dropping off a student participant will need to remain until check-in is complete, unless permission has been given to have the child come and go on their own (designated during registration). Additional check-in procedure information will be sent to all families via email prior to their program.

Who can sign out my child? 

  • People signing out students must be listed as authorized pick–up persons on our sign-in sheet. You can designate these individuals when completing registration and can add individuals to this list at any point via email. Students in grades 6-12 can sign themselves out with adult permission. This permission is designated during the registration process and can be changed, if needed, by a parent or guardian by contacting High School students in Design Discovery Programs will self-dismiss.


Are there any materials we will need to provide for online programs? 

  • We ask all students to provide pencils, pens, blank paper, crayons/markers/colored pencils, scissors, and a ruler or straightedge.

What platform will you use for the online classes?  

  • We will use the Center for Architecture’s Zoom Video Conferencing for our online programs.
  • We will also use Microsoft SharePoint/OneDrive to share digital program materials with students. This is a great way to share program resources without clogging up your inboxes.
  • For our Digital Design classes, we will be using the digital software program SketchUp. We will send instructions for downloading the free version of this program to all registered families.

What technology does my child need in order to participate?  

  • Students will need a computer, laptop, or tablet that has a camera and a microphone. Steady internet access is also required. Although it’s not required, headphones with a built-in microphone are helpful. 
  • For our Digital Design classes, students must have a computer or laptop (not a tablet) and an external 3-click mouse. Tablets cannot run the digital design software used in these classes. Students must also download a free version of SketchUp prior to the class or locate the web-based SketchUp portal. Instructions will be sent in program confirmation emails.  
  • For Drawing Architecture, students will be asked to photograph their drawings and to upload those to our online portal, so a cell phone camera is useful. 

Can my child attend an online class on their phone?  

  • Although mobile phones do work with the Zoom platform, students cannot use a phone as the main means of connection to the class. A phone can be useful as a secondary device, however, to enable students to stay connected to the class while trying out an activity away from their computer, or to provide another view of their work to share with our educators.

Can both of my children participate in the same online program using the same computer?  

  • Yes, this would be possible for any program that is not labeled “Digital Design,” as the computer will be used primarily as a vehicle for group discussions and presentations. You will need to register each child individually, as the cap on students is per child, not per device. For all Digital Design programs (the ones with computer-based model making), however, each student will need their own computer, as this is their main design tool.

Is my internet speed fast enough for these classes?  

  • You’ll need reliable internet access to attend our online programs. While everyone’s internet speed capabilities are unique to their location, most homes will be well equipped to handle these classes. If you would like further specifics, you can check out Zoom’s system requirements here.

Will they need a special microphone and/or headphones?  

  • No, they won’t need anything special, as long as their device has a built-in camera and microphone. Although not required, headphones with a built-in microphone are helpful. The headphones will allow for your students to hear the class clearly (and likely will be appreciated by others in your household!)

Where are the links for my child to attend classes? 

  • We will send out links via email to all participants in the week prior to the program. We suggest that you bookmark these links or save the email somewhere for easy access throughout the program.

What kind of online protection is there for these classes?  

  • Every class is password protected. The link to participate in the class, along with the password, will be sent to all participating families prior to the program start date. Email addresses and contact information collected in the registration process will not be shared with others.

What if I don’t have, or I lost, the link or password?  

  • First, do a search for emails from k12education@centerforarchitecture.orgto see if it’s hiding somewhere in your email. If you still cannot find it, send us an email and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.


How many students will be in each class?  

  • Our in-person After-School & Design Discovery programs have a maximum of 12-16 students per class, depending on the classroom used. Online programs have a maximum of 16 students per class.

What is the student to teacher ratio? 

  • In most courses, there will be one lead educator and one assistant educator, creating a 1:6 or 1:8 adult to student ratio.

Is there flexibility in the age groups? 

  • All grade levels are based on the grade the student is in at the time of the program. Students are not eligible to go up a grade level. However, students at the youngest age of their group can opt to enroll in the younger class. For example, a student who has just completed 8th grade and will be entering 9th grade in the fall can choose to register for a Grade 6-8 class.

Are your programs appropriate for students with special needs?  

  • While we try to accommodate all types of learners, our programs are not specifically designed for students with special needs. We have one lead educator per course who divides their time assisting all students in the course equally. While there is constant guidance and support throughout the course, we do expect students to be independent and self-motivated workers. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us.

What happens if my child can’t attend a day or if they will be late? 

  • Please email or call 212-358-6133 and notify our Youth Programs Manager if your child will be late or absent on any given day. If there is a perpetual lateness issue that we think a parent may be unaware of (primarily for older students), our staff will reach out to you. There are no make-ups or refunds for missed days.


How many people will be in each class? 

  • Our in-person Family Day programs will have a maximum of 30 people per class. All seating will be pre-assigned based on family group/pod. If you would like to be seated with another group who registered separately, please email
  • >Our online Architecture at Home programs can accommodate up to 50 participants.

Do you accept walk-ins for Family Days? 

  • In order to prepare materials, we require all families to pre-register online for our Family Days.

Are adults required to attend these programs or are they suitable for children on their own?  

  • Our in-person Family Days are not drop-off programs. At least one adult is required to accompany children at our Family Day programs. These workshops are designed to be of interest to both adults and children and provide engaging inter-generational design activities.
  • Students may attend our online Architecture at Home workshops on their own, although younger students will likely need assistance logging into the event.

I’m not able to attend this month’s program, but I really love the topic. Will it be offered again? 

  • We do not repeat Family Day themes within a school year (September – June), but we will often bring back popular themes the following year.
  • Most of our Architecture at Home themes are available to view and download from our Resource page: