Architecture Camps at the Center for Architecture
Summer@theCenter architecture studio programs run Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm at the Center for Architecture. Each week explores a different topic in architecture and design through art and building activities, walking tours, and special site visits. Students bring their own lunch daily.
Programs are for students entering 3 - 12 grade in the Fall. Classes are limited to 18 students; 10 students for Digital Design classes.
Tuition: $600/ week-long session. $480 for 4 day program June 29 - July 2. $1200 for 2 week high school program July 6-17.
Summer@theCenter Info Sessions
Learn more about a typical week at camp and see our programs in action at one of our Summer Info Sessions:
Please click on the "Register" link following each week-long program description to register using our secure third-party portal. You must check the "Accept Our Terms and Conditions" box in order to open the payment page. Your registration is not complete until you have received an emailed e-receipt confirmation.
A limited number of need-based partial scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, register online using the links below as a "Scholarship Applicant." You must also submit your Scholarship Application and proof of financial need.
Scholarship applications are due April 15, however, please note programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Your registration includes your acceptance of our Terms & Conditions. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
DIGITAL DESIGN – ADVENTURE PARK: Grades 6 – 8
This design studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Students will explore Parkour as an exciting “course” through an urban environment with a series of challenges to navigate under, over, around and through. Using SketchUp, participants will design their own “Parkour obstacle course” and create an animated run-through movie of their finished project.
BRIDGES: Grades 3 - 5
Popular demand for this exciting topic has prompted a week-long studio focusing on bridges. Students will visit some of NYC’s great and lesser known bridges to learn about the many different types of bridges and how they work. Students will put their new knowledge to the test as they create several models of different types of bridges, including a final bridge of their own design.
June 29 - July 2 (4-day program)
DIGITAL DESIGN - SPACE COLONY: Grades 6 – 8
This design studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Students will explore the challenges of designing in a zero-gravity environment and imagine how they might live in space. Using SketchUp, participants will design a portion of a space habitat and create an animated walk through movie of their finished project.
July 6 - 17 (2-week program)
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO: Grades 9 – 12
High School students interested in exploring the field of architecture and developing their portfolios will get a thorough introduction to the design process in this two-week intensive studio. Focused around a studio design project, students will learn how to work through an architectural program: from site analysis and developing a design concept to creating scale drawings and 3-D models of their design for a final presentation. Studio class will be supplemented by visits to architectural offices and college architecture programs, architectural history lessons and design analysis activities.
July 6 - 10
NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN: Grades 3 – 5
Summer is a great time to explore Greenwich Village. Join us to investigate this fun and exciting neighborhood through scavenger hunts, sketching, architectural rubbings, photography and more. Working together, students will then create their own model neighborhood, with each child designing and building their favorite piece of a new city neighborhood they would all enjoy.
July 20 – 24
STORE DESIGN: Grades 6 – 8
What kind of store would you most like to run? Whether it’s a skateboard shop, café/restaurant or fashion center, you’ll have fun creating your own architectural scale drawings and model of a storefront and store interior of your own design. Learn how designers create retail spaces that are both exciting and functional as we visit and learn from some of the city’s great retail spaces and architecture offices specializing in store design.
DRAWING ARCHITECTURE: Grades 9 – 12
Develop your drawing abilities and new portfolio pieces as you get to know some amazing spaces and places in the city. Students will learn the basics of perspective and free-hand drawing through lessons at the Center and sketching trips to local buildings and sites. Topics will include techniques for showing light, shade, shadow, and rendering different building materials.
July 27 – 31
PLAYGROUND DESIGN: Grades 3 – 5
Kids are the experts in this week-long studio focusing on the design of playgrounds. The class will visit several unique playgrounds in the city to assess their design features by playing (of course!) and conducting on-site analysis through surveys, drawings and user interviews. Students will create a model of their own working piece of playground equipment and work together as a group to design and build their own ideal playground.
August 3 – 7
SEAPORT CITY – FUTURE IN THE MAKING: Grades 6 – 8
Get to know one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods and let the past inform its future. This waterfront neighborhood set on 19th century landfill will face new challenges with rising sea levels, climate change and a growing population. Be part of a planning team and let your designs and models inspire its future.
August 10 – 14
SKYSCRAPERS FROM THE GROUND UP: Grades 3 – 5
Bring your building crew and get ready for skyscrapers - the ultimate challenge! Around the world, skyscrapers are being built taller than ever before, in shapes that have never been seen. Learn about some of the new innovative projects and then work to design and build your own model skyscraper.
21st CENTURY SKYSCRAPER: Grades 6 - 8
Skyscrapers define a city’s skyline and New York City is no exception. Learn how to blend art and science as you design a skyscraper for 21st century NYC that incorporates “green” design ideas and a strong structural system. We will tour city skyscrapers, meet with architects and look at the latest “supertall” towers being built abroad. As a final project, students create their own model skyscraper from the ground up, using what they have learned.
August 17 – 21
GREEN ISLAND HOME: Grades 6 – 8
Imagine having a small island in the Hudson River all to yourself! Who and what would you bring to your island? In this 5-day studio, you’ll design an eco-friendly home for yourself on an imaginary island in the Hudson River. You’ll also learn how to create buildings and landscapes that take advantage of our climate and natural resources to make your island a “green” oasis in the city.
POP-UP SHOP DESIGN: Grades 9 – 12
Here is a chance to combine the skills of the architect, curator and brand designer. Design a pop-up shop to house the goods and services you want to provide to hip urban customers. Visit various concept stores as inspiration and make your ideas come alive through sketches, drawings and model making.
August 24 – 28
HARRY POTTER SET DESIGN: Grades 3 – 5
Join us at Platform 9-3/4 for a trip to Hogwarts or one of the other fantastic places in Harry Potter’s world. In this studio, you’ll get to design and build a movie set of your favorite place from Harry Potter. Bring one of the movie scenes to life, or create your own version of a Hogwart's Common Room or Diagon Alley as you imagine it would look.
DIGITAL DESIGN - BRIDGES: Grades 9 – 12
This design studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Students will explore the structure and aesthetics of various bridge types with hands-on model making and visits to some of NYC’s bridges. Using SketchUp, participants will design their own bridge and create an animated drive-through movie of their finished project.