Taking Better Pictures

Undeterred by the late November date, an intrepid group of amateur photographers convened at the Center for Architecture’s Seaport location on a cold Sunday morning to learn how to take better pictures of buildings. Starting with the premise that a photograph should tell a story, architectural photographer Matthew Carbone led the group through some fundamentals of composition and lighting, using examples from his own body of work as well as on-site demonstrations during the class. Continue reading “Taking Better Pictures”

Brick Building at the Center

Thanks to a partnership with LEGO this Archtober, the Center for Architecture hosted three sold-out youth and family programs focused on creating architecture with LEGO bricks. At our monthly FamilyDay@theCenter program on 10.17.15, 100 visitors spanning three generations worked together to create a LEGO city. An introductory slide talk got people thinking about the different types of buildings, structures, and spaces that make up a city. Families then got to work creating residential, commercial, industrial, and other types of buildings to populate an empty city map laid out at the back of Tafel Hall. An ample supply of LEGO bricks of all shapes, sizes, and colors fueled their imaginations and the final city boasted bioswales and park benches, a hockey arena, police station, bank, grout factory, floating concert venue, and many more key city components, contributed by both parents and kids. Continue reading “Brick Building at the Center”

New Educational Programs at Center for Architecture at the Seaport

With the opening of Center for Architecture at the Seaport, our new exhibition and event space at 181 Front Street in the Seaport Culture District, the Center has launched several new educational programs that will introduce families, school groups, and the general public to the area’s unique built environment. This Saturday, 09.19.15 is our first FamilyDay@theSeaport, focusing on the nearby Brooklyn Bridge. In this two-hour, hands-on program, families will learn about the exciting story of its design and construction, and create their own model suspension bridges to take home. Continue reading “New Educational Programs at Center for Architecture at the Seaport”

Center for Architecture, the Epicenter of Fun and Learning

We would like to take this opportunity to express our immense gratitude to all who made our Summer@theCenter programs a resounding success. The Center for Architecture hosted 15 individually themed summer camp programs. Each year, we reach out to professionals from all corners of the design world and request your precious time for our students to interface with you in the atelier, studio, job site, or place of business. There is nothing more valuable than showing young people how dynamic the design workplace is. Many of the 3rd-12th-grade students are self-selecting – they are very curious about the built environment. Opening your doors to the next generation of designers is something that we are very serious about, and this can only happen by bringing our students to see what professionals like yourselves are up to. Beyond those open doors, we found the principals of firms enthusiastically discussing their projects, sharing what they loved about being an architect or designer, and demonstrating the diverse and wonderful skills required to keep an office running and the creative juices flowing. These open doors are not only a gift to our school-aged students – our volunteers and design educators have also learned so much and been inspired by hearing from you directly and experiencing the culture of your studio. Continue reading “Center for Architecture, the Epicenter of Fun and Learning”

Design Thinking and Tinkering: Store Design at the Center for Architecture

Nothing implies “I trust you” more than handing an 11-year-old a box cutter and a ruler and declaring, “Now build it!” This summer, the Center for Architecture reprised its week-long summer camp model to spark imaginations and encourage collaboration with hands-on crafting and model making. Facilitated by Howard Stern, Center for Architecture Design Educator & Architect, and supervised by Tim Hayduk, the Center’s Lead Design Educator, the “Store Design” program served roughly 18 young architects in middle grades at the Center’s West Village home. The single task – create your own store –- sounds simple enough, but the journey from brainstorming to concept presentation proved to be just the right amount of complexity for a five-day project. Continue reading “Design Thinking and Tinkering: Store Design at the Center for Architecture”

Summer@theCenter 2015

Summer@theCenter, the Center’s summer design program for youth ages 7-18, is in full swing as we enter the second half of our 2015 season. A full slate of 14 separate, week-long programs and one two-week program, developed and taught by the Center for Architecture’s Education Department and affiliated design educators, is keeping a steady stream of young architecture enthusiasts – and their parents – coming to the Center on a daily basis. Lead Design Educator Tim Hayduk, Summer@theCenter Assistant Jenny Leiman, and a host of dedicated architecture student volunteers are helping to ensure the program’s success. With more than 240 students enrolled, we are building a corps of future designers, helping them discover their love of architecture at an early age. Continue reading “Summer@theCenter 2015”

Center for Architecture Announces 2015 Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship

The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce the winner of the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a high school senior attending a New York City public or charter school who plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in architecture at an NAAB-accredited school within New York State. This year, the award amount was increased to $10,000 per year for the first two years of study to subsidize the recipient’s college tuition and related costs. Continue reading “Center for Architecture Announces 2015 Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship”

Learning By Design: NY Wraps Up a Successful Year

The start of summer marks the completion of the school year and the culmination of the Center for Architecture’s in-school Learning By Design: NY (LBD: NY) program for 2014-15. June was filled with student presentations from the LBD: NY program, both at the Center and in schools throughout the metropolitan area. This year’s program served nearly 2,000 students and teachers through in-school residencies and teacher training workshops in twenty schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Westchester.   Continue reading “Learning By Design: NY Wraps Up a Successful Year”

High School Architecture Students Present at the Center

High school students from the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction (UASDC) presented their final projects at the Center for Architecture on 06.01.15. The group of sophomores, juniors, and seniors all participate in our Learning By Design:NY residency, taught by Center for Architecture Design Educator Yves Roger. Continue reading “High School Architecture Students Present at the Center”

2015 Center for Architecture Design and Eleanor Allwork Scholarship Recipients

The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 scholarship program. The Eleanor Allwork Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for students seeking their first degree in architecture, while the Center for Architecture Design Scholarship also includes students studying design, engineering, planning, and related disciplines. The jury looks at students’ academic performance, aesthetic ability, skill, and financial need. This year, the Scholarship Committee awarded the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship to the following:

Indre Barsauskaite, City College of New York
Alice Felicity Colverd, Cooper Union
Aelitta Gore, Cooper Union
Joey Parrella, Cooper Union
Evgeniya Uzhegova, Parsons The New School Continue reading “2015 Center for Architecture Design and Eleanor Allwork Scholarship Recipients”