Learning By Design:NY Students Visit SOM

The newly acquired model of One World Trade Center on display at SOM’s offices last week is a commendable replica of the real building. The sides tapered at just the right angle, the large truss at the bottom was clearly visible, and countless strips of windows culminated in the large spire on top. The only strange thing about it was the pink and orange tint of the exterior, as if the building was caught in a permanent reflection of the sunset. Continue reading “Learning By Design:NY Students Visit SOM”

Students Propose New Designs for Their School’s Journalism Lab

Dozens of students, parents, and visitors gathered in Room 422 of Intermediate School 392 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, last night for students’ presentations of their proposed redesign of the school’s journalism lab housed in that classroom. The design presentations were the culmination of a 15-week partnership between the school and the Center for Architecture’s Education Department funded through a grant from the Teach to Excel Foundation, a local non-profit focused on improving educational opportunities for underserved youth. Continue reading “Students Propose New Designs for Their School’s Journalism Lab”

Learning By Design:NY Wrap-up

As the school year draws to a close, students around the city are busily charretting to complete the structures they are designing in the Center for Architecture’s Learning By Design:NY program. Others are proudly displaying their completed work and sharing their design ideas with peers, parents, and teachers. Active in 26 schools this school year, the Center’s signature K-12 education program pairs a design educator with one or more classes at schools throughout the city. The courses provide weekly lessons on the structure, design, and history of the built environment, and develop students’ design skills through hands-on architecture projects. Teachers use this partnership to enrich and expand their curriculum, and to challenge students to think creatively and collaboratively. As a result of teachers’ involvement in the planning of each Learning By Design:NY program, topics and projects vary widely, tapping into school needs, teacher and student interest, and differing curricula. Continue reading “Learning By Design:NY Wrap-up”

Our Visual Language of Architecture

The Center for Architecture hosts StudentDay@theCenter workshops where K-12 audiences explore the built environment and its past, present, and future. Each year, we reach close to 3,000 students and teachers through these hands-on workshops introducing students to key topics in architecture. In “The Language of Architecture” workshop, kindergarten to 2nd-grade students acquire the tools they need to explore the built world around them. Continue reading “Our Visual Language of Architecture”


The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce a new after-school program for elementary school-aged children interested in architecture. Beginning this March, the Center’s Education Department will offer a 10-week class for 3rd to 5th graders on Wednesday afternoons at the Center. The program, Exploring Architecture, will be led by the Center’s Education Assistant Hadley Beacham. Continue reading “AfterSchool@theCenter”

At the Seaport

With the support of the Howard Hughes Corporation, the Center for Architecture participated in the Seaport Culture District this fall, setting up a gallery and event space at 181 Front Street. The location was originally conceived as a series of counting houses by Peter Schermerhorn and George Codwise in 1811, buildings which would later become New York City’s first World Trade Center. Over 200 years, these robust load-bearing brick and timber buildings defined adaptive reuse long before the neighborhood was landmarked and became a festival marketplace. The purpose-built buildings became dormitories and hotels for sailors, restaurants serving the Fulton fishmongers, and are now home to the South Street Seaport Museum and several retailers. The Center for Architecture lucked out in being able to add to the their history by providing space for two exhibitions, lectures, events, and educational programs in these flexible spaces built for commerce. Continue reading “At the Seaport”

Building Connections at the Center for Architecture

A colorful collection of architectural models and drawings in the front window has been drawing passers-by into the Center for Architecture. The work stands out from the typical architectural projects on view because it was created by 1st- to 12th-grade students from the Center for Architecture’s school and summer design programs. This year’s “Building Connections 2015” exhibition showcases a small sampling of student design projects from the 80 citywide classrooms that participated in our in-school Learning By Design:NY residency programs and 15 weeks of Summer@theCenter design camps that filled the Center for Architecture in June, July, and August. Through these in-depth programs, led by Center for Architecture educators, young people learn about the process of design as they explore the city’s architecture and design and build their own structures. Accompanying the students’ models and drawings are examples of the writing activities that extended the design projects into other areas of the school curriculum, such as English Language Arts and Social Studies. Exhibition designer Manuel Miranda repurposed the students’ writing and drawings to create a lively wallpaper backdrop for the 3-D projects. Continue reading “Building Connections at the Center for Architecture”