Learn the basic principles of architecture with guest designers from local firms and tackle real-world city planning challenges facing New York City. Throughout the week, teens will have an opportunity to develop, prototype and present their ideas to practicing architects.

This FREE 5-session summer workshop will begin on Monday, July 23 and end on Friday, July 27. Sessions run from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each afternoon. Students are required to attend all 5 sessions: Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm daily. Registration is open to rising 9th graders and current high school students in New York City.


Monday, July 23, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, July 24, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, July 25, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, July 26, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday, July 27, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Students are required to bring a completed parental consent form on the first day (7/23).


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DesignPrep is made possible by the generous support of the Altman Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and internal Smithsonian Institution funds from the Youth Access Grants Program.