Have some holiday fun with DesignPrep as we push candy to its (structural) limits. Work collaboratively to build architectural models using unconventional edible materials and go beyond the gingerbread house to create a unique design solution.

Open to NYC high school students (grades 9–12).


DesignPrep is a series of FREE teen workshops, studio tours and college visits, which focus on all forms of design from fashion and architecture to product and graphic design. Learn more.

DesignPrep is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of

Additional support is provided by the Altman Foundation, internal Smithsonian Institution funds from the Youth Access Grants program, Deutsche Bank, The New York Community Trust and its Hive Digital Media Learning Fund, the Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, School of Visual Arts, and the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.