November 13, 2018
by Nadya Kim, Center for Architecture Education Department
Architecture and Design College Fair 2018. Image credit: Center for Architecture.
Architecture and Design College Fair 2018. Image credit: Center for Architecture.

On Saturday, November 3, the Center for Architecture hosted its sixth-annual Architecture and Design College Fair. It was a bustling afternoon, during which over 400 high school students and family members from the Tri-State area had the chance to connect with representatives from 36 colleges, universities, and design programs across the country.

Every year since 2013, the fair has provided a valuable experience for high schoolers and their family members to learn about the many architecture and design schools, scholarships, and mentoring opportunities available across the U.S. Current students, alumni, faculty members, and admissions officers were eager to inform visitors about application requirements, portfolio review, student life, and degree options. The Center for Architecture also promoted the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship, which provides $20,000 over two years to a NYC public high school student pursuing a B.Arch degree. Applications for scholarship are due on May 15, 2019.

A unique addition to the College Fair this year, art portfolio coach Linda Pollack hosted free and informal drop-in sessions throughout the afternoon, giving an introductory overview of the portfolio development process, followed by questions from attendees. The info sessions were popular amongst prospective students, as sign-ups for them quickly filled up. The Architecture Portfolio Bootcamp, held on the evening of Monday, November 5, was another free workshop hosted by Pollack and designed for students, their family members, and college counselors who wanted more in-depth information.

After the fair, the 2018 Deans’ Roundtable took place; representatives from several local schools of architecture discussed current directions in architectural education.  You can watch the livestream at the Center for Architecture’s Facebook page.

If you missed the fair, we would like to invite you to see our Building Connections 2018 exhibition, on view through December 31, 2018. The annual exhibition will highlight the achievements of our K-12 architecture education programs!

Thank you to all the participating schools in attendance at the fair:

Boston Architectural College
California College of the Arts
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture
College for Creative Studies
College of Architecture + Design at Lawrence Technological University
Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
Georgia Tech College of Design
Illinois Institute of Technology – Architecture
Marywood University School of Architecture
Michael Graves College – Kean University
New York Institute of Technology
New York School of Interior Design
Northeastern University School of Architecture
Norwich University
Parsons School of Design at The New School
Pratt Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture
Rice Architecture
School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
State University of New York at Delhi
Syracuse University School of Architecture
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan
The Cooper Union
The Ohio State University
The Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York
Tulane School of Architecture
UNC Charlotte School of Architecture
University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Maryland
University of Miami School of Architecture
University of Virginia School of ArchitectureWashington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Wentworth Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture