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November 11, 2016
by Dustin Atlas
Students speak with representatives from SCI-Arc, NJIT College of Architecture and Design, and Wentworth Institute of Technology.Credit: Center for Architecture
A representative from the Northeastern School of Architecture + Art speaks to a prospective student and his father.Credit: Center for Architecture

During the annual 2016 Architecture and Design College Fair on 11.04.16, more than 175 students and family members came to the Center for Architecture to learn about different architecture and design school options. Throughout the evening and throughout the Center, high school students had the opportunity to speak with representatives from 28 different colleges and universities from around the country.

Rather than host a large panel discussion, the Center for Architecture invited students to have personal conversations with each school regarding application requirements, portfolio review, student life, degree options, and design pedagogy. This proved to be a very valuable format, as prospective students spoke directly to current students, faculty members, and admission advisors. Some of the younger high school students in attendance were able to direct the conversation in a different way, asking questions such as, “What types of classes might be most helpful if I am interested in studying architecture?” The number of participating architecture schools has grown each year, from 12 in 2013 to 27 this year. The college fair now draws students from the surrounding region, including the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and Connecticut. The school representatives who return every year tell us how much they value the focused audience and our central location in New York City. The fair also promoted the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship, which provides $20,000 over two years to a NYC public high school student pursuing a BArch degree. Applications for this award are due on 05.15.17.

As the exciting night came to an end, it was amazing to reflect upon the many students who showed a deep commitment to their education by attending on a Friday night. Both the college representatives and the Center for Architecture K-12 Education staff were very impressed by the energized sense of dedication. If you missed this exciting evening, we would like to invite you to the “Building Connections 2016” opening reception this Thursday, 11.10.1, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Center for Architecture. It promises to be another inspiring night, celebrating the achievements of our K-12 architecture education programs!

Participating schools:
Boston Architectural College
City College of New York – Spitzer School of Architecture
College for Creative Studies
The Cooper Union
Drexel University – Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Fashion Institute of Technology
IIT College of Architecture
Kean University The Michael Graves College
NYC College of Technology, CUNY
New York Institute of Technology
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Northeastern University
Norwich University
Penn State University
Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Roger Williams University
Southern California Institute of Architecture
Syracuse University
Tulane School of Architecture
UIC School of Architecture
University of Arkansas – Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Miami School of Architecture
University of Michigan – Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Wentworth Institute of Technology

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