Design Hive

A photograph of a bird's eye view of two medium-skin toned teenagers sitting at a table and drawing on a notepad. They are drawing something in the shape of an envelope. Around them are materials such as paint brushes, leather straps and sheets, and worksheets on how to construct a leather accessory.

Design Hive is a paid, youth-led initiative at Cooper Hewitt. High school juniors and seniors dive deep into design objects and processes to develop their own collaborative projects. Along the way, they learn how designers move from an initial idea to final design!.

In Design Hive, knowledge is co-created. Students share their skills, receive mentorship from working designers, and are offered access to the museum’s exhibitions, objects, and people. The group works together to design a world that is more responsible, equitable, and collaborative.

Design Hive takes place at Cooper Hewitt and offsite locations on Tuesdays from November to May between 4:30–6:30 p.m. Students must be based in the New York City area to apply. Participants must attend all weekly program dates and be available to meet virtually or at Cooper Hewitt (2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128). Students will receive a stipend of $2,000 for their participation, paid in two $1,000 payments during the program.

Applications for 2023–2024 have closed. Stay tuned for announcements about next year’s program.

Check out design hive’s previous work

Design Hive Zine 2023


Design Hive is made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, eBay Inc., The Pinkerton Foundation, and PwC Charitable Foundation. Generous support is also provided by Adobe, The Hirsch Family Foundation, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.