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The Center for Architecture

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Summer@theCenter

Architecture Camps at the Center for Architecture

 

Summer@theCenter 2017

2017 Classes will run weekly from June 19 - August 25, Monday - Friday, from 9 am - 4 pm at the Center for Architecture.

Each week-long program explores a different topic in architecture and design through art and building activities, design challenges, and special site visits. Programs are for students entering 3 - 12 grade in the fall. Students bring their own lunch daily.
 

A limited number of need-based partial scholarships are available. Scholarship applications are due by April 15th for all summer programs. To apply for a scholarship, you must register online using the links below and also submit a separate Scholarship Application Form.
 

Tuition: $600/ week-long session.

 

Your registration includes your acceptance of our Terms & ConditionsTuition is non-refundable and non-transferable, so please check your dates carefully before registering. 

 

Questions? Check out our FAQ page or email info@cfafoundation.org


Summer 2017 Programs 

June 19 – 23
Going Up! NYC Skyscrapers (Grades 3 – 5)
From One World Trade Center to the Empire State building, NYC is full of remarkably tall buildings. During this program, we will explore what makes these structures so strong by conducting experiments and visiting a local skyscraper. By the end of the week, campers will design and build their very own model skyscraper!
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed

 

Building Bridges (Grades 6 – 8)
In this week-long studio, we’ll explore beam, truss, arch, suspension and moveable bridges to learn how these different types of bridges support weight and span great distances. Campers will visit several of NYC’s bridges, then put their new knowledge to the test as they create a final bridge of their own design!
SOLD OUT - to be added to the waitlist email info@cfafoundation.org


June 26 – 30
Castles & Forts (Grades 3 – 5)
If you’re interested in royalty, knights, armor or moats, this is the camp for you! Believe it or not, castles and forts are not just from the middle ages; we have many examples to inspire us right here in NYC! During this week, we’ll visit some of our local fortified structures and learn about the special design features that help them protect their inhabitants. By the end of the week, participants will design and build their own model of a castle or fort!
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed

 

Survival Architecture (Grades 6 – 8)
How would you survive in the desert, the middle of the jungle or the top of a mountain? In this studio, we’ll learn about the design strategies and techniques that have helped people live in unlikely places like these. Campers will then imagine their own sites and design a shelter that would enable them to survive and thrive in these extreme conditions.
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed

 

Drawing Architecture (Grades 9 – 12)
Take some time this summer to develop your architectural drawing skills! With a focus on perspective and free-hand drawing techniques, participants will visit different spaces throughout the city to practice observational drawing. We will learn about methods for shading and rendering building materials. This is a great chance to create some new portfolio pieces!
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed 


July 3 – 7 
No Camp


July 10 – 14
Treehouses (Grades 3 – 5)
Do you ever envy the birds and squirrels? Do you dream about life between the branches and leaves? If you answered yes, this is the camp for you! Throughout the week, campers will learn about the structure of trees to create their own tree model and then design a fantasy tree house within it! Would you like it to be a secret hideaway? A full-service apartment? A place for gaming? The choice is yours!
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed

 

July 10 – 21
Architecture Design Studio (Grades 9 – 12) two week course
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 an architectural office and a college architecture programs, architectural history lessons and design analysis activities.
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed


July 17 – 21
Below the Streets - Subway Architecture (Grades 3 – 5)
Our favorite city in the world would be nothing without the complex subway system that runs underneath the busy streets. During this week-long camp, participants will explore the city’s newest subway stops and imagine what public transportation might look like in the future as they design their own transit system!
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed


July 24 – 28
Building Bridges (Grades 3 – 5)
In this week-long studio, we’ll explore beam, truss, arch, suspension and moveable bridges to learn how these different types of bridges support weight and span great distances. Campers will visit several of NYC’s bridges, then put their new knowledge to the test as they create a final bridge of their own design!
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed

 

Skyscrapers (Grades 6 – 8)
Around the world, skyscrapers are being built taller than ever before, as new technologies and designs make what was once impossible, possible! In this studio, we’ll explore the structures and systems that make such tall buildings possible through design challenges and a visit to a local skyscrapers. Students will then be challenged to design and build their own model skyscrapers.
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed


July 31 – August 4
Fairytale Architecture (Grades 3 – 5)
Enter into the world of fantasy during this week-long camp as we revisit classic fairytales such as Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Campers will get inspired by some of their favorite stories, then design and create a model of their favorite fairytale structure.
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed

 

Digital Design: Bridges (Grades 6 – 8)
This design studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Students will visit some of NYC’s bridges to learn about the different types of bridges and how they work to support weight and span long distances. Using SketchUp, participants will then design their own bridge and create an animated run-through movie of their finished project.
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed

 

Nomadic Architecture (Grades 9 – 12)
This studio challenges students to design a portable and collapsible work of architecture. Over the course of the week, students will experiment with different space-saving and lightweight building strategies, learn about historical and contemporary examples of nomadic architecture, and create a model of their own transformable and movable structure. The focus will be on students developing drawings and a working model of their design, incorporating their investigations into structure, materials and design.
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August 7 – 11
Hamilton’s New York (Grades 6 – 8)
Hamilton fans rejoice! If you loved the show and have become obsessed with all things Alexander Hamilton, you’re in luck! There are many remnants of Hamilton’s life that we can trace right here in contemporary New York City. During this camp, we will visit Hamilton’s country estate, The Grange, as well Aaron Burr’s home, The Morris-Jumel Mansion. After our visits, students will create their very own guidebooks to Colonial-era New York and an architectural model of their favorite Hamilton site.
SOLD OUT - to be added to the waitlist email info@cfafoundation.org

 

August 7 – 18
Architecture Design Studio (Grades 9 – 12) two week course
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 an architectural office and a college architecture programs, architectural history lessons and design analysis activities.
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed
  

August 14 – 18
Flying Architecture (Grades 3 – 5)
Get ready to take flight! Throughout this camp, participants will learn about flying structures such as planes, helicopters, and hot air balloons. By the end of the week, campers will design and build their own model of a structure that can carry people up into the air, and back down to earth for a safe landing.
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed

 

Digital Design: Tiny Houses (Grades 6 – 8)
This studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program, as a tool for designing a small personal dwelling. Inspired by the rising popularity of miniature houses, students will examine small spaces and how the limited square footage can inspire exciting innovation. Campers will create a digital model of their own tiny house and an animated walk-through of their finished project.
SOLD OUT - waitlist closed


August 21 – 25
Subway Architecture (Grades 6 – 8)
Inspired by the new additions to the New York City transit system, this camp will explore the underground subway system and newest transit hubs from a design perspective. Students will then create their own designs for a new NYC transit station or transportation network of the future.
SOLD OUT - to be added to the waitlist email info@cfafoundation.org

 

Digital Design: NYC Transit Architecture (Grades 9 – 12)
This design studio introduces students to SketchUp, a fun and free 3D computer modeling program. Inspired by the new additions to the New York City transit system, this camp will explore the underground subway system and newest transit hubs from a design perspective. Students will then create their own digital designs for a new NYC transit station or transportation network of the future.
SOLD OUT - to be added to the waitlist email info@cfafoundation.org

 

 


Interested in learning more? Attend a Summer@theCenter Info Session.

See our programs in action and learn more about a typical week at camp.

February 23, 2017, 3 pm – 4 pm
March 30, 2017, 3 pm – 4 pm
April 13, 2017, 3 pm – 4 pm

Price: Free

RSVP at cfafoundation.org/events