by Catherine Teegarden
June 27 marks the first day of summer vacation for NYC’s public school students, and the culmination of a very successful school year for the Center for Architecture’s Learning By Design:NY K-12 in-school residency program. 28 schools had LBD:NY residencies during the 2017-18 school year, with over 2,600 students and 130 teachers from 112 classes in grades 1-12 participating. The program aims to integrate the study of architecture into the classroom curriculum; topics vary according to teachers’ goals and areas of study. This year’s programming included some long-standing partnerships with schools that have made LBD:NY a treasured component of their grade’s curriculum, such as the second grade bridge study at PS 42M, PS 372K and PS 276M; the third grade Chinese Architecture program at PS 128K; first grade Neighborhood Architecture programs at PS 77M, PS 261K, and PS 102M; and the seventh grade Design Expo program with IS 220K, where students design a building for their neighborhood and present their designs to visiting architects at the Center for Architecture.
We were also pleased to welcome several new school partners to the program this year: MS 890K, where sixth graders learned about Ancient Greek & Roman architecture in their Social Studies class and then designed their own modern-day pavilions to democracy; PS 92Q, where seven fourth grade classes collaborated to build a model of New Amsterdam; PS 206K where six fifth grade classes developed designs for a new building to fill a nearby empty lot; Holy Angels Academy, where fourth graders learned about and designed their own green buildings; St. Ephrem’s School where second graders investigated their Brooklyn neighborhood, and designed their own neighborhood; and PS 84Q, where second to fourth grade students created booklet about NYC landmarks.