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
Summer 2015 registration opens February 15.
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:
Thursday, February 19, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Thursday, March 19, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Thursday, April 9 3:00PM - 4:00PM
We have moved to an online registration system and are no longer accepting paper registration forms. 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.
DIGITAL DESIGN: LUNAR LIVING: 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 their own “personal space in outer space” and create an animated walk through movie of their finished project.
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.
2-WEEK 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.
GOVERNOR'S ISLAND MINI-GOLF: Grades 3 - 5
Be one of 18 students to design a hole for a classic 18-hole mini-golf course. For inspiration, we will visit and play at Governors Island’s own miniature golf course made by the arts organization Figment. Sketching and model making will prepare you to create a real mini-golf course that you and your classmates will use at the end of the week!
DESIGN YOUR DREAM APARTMENT: Grades 6 - 8
Be both the client and the architect in this studio where you can design the apartment of your dreams! A visit to some unique city apartments will offer glimpses into how others have created their own dream houses. Students will draw, build models and experiment with materials, patterns and colors to make their dream design into a (miniature) reality.
DRAWING ARCHITECTURE: Grades 9 - 12
Develop your drawing abilities and new portfolio pieces as you get to know some amazing spaces and places in our city. Students will learn the basics of perspective drawing and free-hand sketching through lessons at the Center and sketching trips to notable buildings and sites. Additional topics will include techniques for showing light, shade, shadows, and rendering different building materials.
DIGITAL DESIGN: DESIGN YOUR OWN HANGOUT: Grades 9- 12
What do you and your friends like to do in your free time? What would your ideal hangout look like? This design studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Using SketchUp, participants will design their own hangout and create an animated walkthrough movie of their finished product.
THE LOWLINE: A PARK IN THE MAKING: Grades 6 - 8
There’s a hidden trolley terminal under Delancey Street that may someday become the world’s first underground park. Be one of the New Yorkers to help be part of the vision for this unique place and create your own design for the Lowline park through drawing and model making and present your design to the park’s organizers.
In partnership with the Lowline.
THEATER DESIGN: BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Grades 3 - 5
Create your own model theater and produce your own show during this 5 day studio. Students will learn about important elements of theater and set design through activities at the Center and a visit to a city theater. Each student will then create a scale model of a theater interior, design their own sets and raise the curtain on their own production.
HARRY POTTER SET DESIGN: Grades 6 - 8
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.. A visit to a set designer’s studio will provide ideas and inspiration to help you 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.
CASTLES: Grades 3 - 5
Moats, secret passages and dragon lairs are what this studio is all about. Be inspired by your favorite castle and use your imagination to design and build your own fortified castle and learn about the medieval technology used to build and defend these ancient strongholds.
VISIONARY CITIES: Grades 9 - 12
From Leonardo Da Vinci’s futuristic designs to SimCity’s City of Tomorrow, creative people have been designing visionary cities for centuries. What do you think city life might be like one hundred years from now? Explore fun, fantastic and surreal ideas from the past and design and build a future city of your own.
FROM TRAIN YARDS TO BACK YARDS: DESIGNING THE HUDSON YARDS: Grades 6 - 8
Hudson Yards, one of the largest open building sites in New York, is soon to become Manhattan’s newest neighborhoods. This is your chance to be a green designer and develop your own ideas for this amazing site on Manhattan’s West Side at the end of the HighLine. Learn how city planners and architects think big about buildings and public space, and make your own plans and models for this new section of the city.
TREEHOUSE DESIGN: Grades 3-5
Create your own fantastic model treehouse! Students will begin by crafting their own tree out of wood, wire and papier mache, then work with its unique arrangement of branches to build a one-of-a-kind treehouse, just the right size for a favorite toy or figure.
DIGITAL DESIGN: CASTLES: Grades 6 - 8
The king and queen protected from epic battles, ballrooms hidden behind secret panels…? What do you love about castles? In this studio, you can design your own castle complex using SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Create an animated walk through movie of your finished project revealing the mysteries within the castle walls.