Category Archives: Learning by Design

Adrian and Jack work on their birdhouse designs.
Learning by Design by • 03/09/17

Students Design Animal Architecture at Studio@theCenter

During one of our February Studio@theCenter programs, our three-day school vacation design camps, we investigated the structures animals create for themselves as well as the structures we create for them. Through this lens, we discovered our own approach to animal architecture! We began our studio with the quick charrette of designing a birdhouse. This was a great starting point because the birdhouse is based on a familiar structure that has been appropriated for a specific animal. Each camper had the opportunity to sand, paint, and design his or her own birdhouse. Read More

Proud parents listen as PS Q300 second graders talk about the neighborhood model they made during a culminating presentation.
Learning by Design by • 01/25/17

First Semester Wrap-Up

As the first semester drew to a close this month, several Learning By Design:NY classes concluded their in-school programs with final presentations to parents and guests. Here are some highlights. Read More

A representative from the Northeastern School of Architecture + Art speaks to a prospective student and his father.
Learning by Design by • 11/11/16

2016 Architecture and Design College Fair

During the annual 2016 Architecture and Design College Fair on 11.04.16, more than 175 students and family members came to the Center for Architecture to learn about different architecture and design school options. Throughout the evening and throughout the Center, high school students had the opportunity to speak with representatives from 28 different colleges and universities from around the country. Read More

The girls took turns presenting their own design work to the group at the end of the program.
Learning by Design by • 10/27/16

Women in Architecture Committee Reaches Out to the Next Generation

About 20 girls, ages 11-14, gathered at the Center for Architecture this past Saturday afternoon (10.22.16) to learn more about architecture, and create their own designs at the first-ever “Girls Build! Architecture Workshop,” developed and led by the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee (WIA) and the Center’s K-12 Education staff. As the staff representative, I welcomed the girls to the Center and asked if any of them knew an architect. Three girls raised their hands. When I asked: “Are any of them women?”– only one hand remained in the air. The women in the room shared a collective sigh – those were actually good odds. A 2014 report by the AIA found that only 15% of licensed AIA architects are women. Numerous other studies have found women underrepresented at all stages of an architectural career, though women represent 50% of the population. WIA works to address this inequality by providing avenues to develop and promote women leaders within the architecture profession, including mentoring and outreach opportunities such as this Saturday workshop. This is not at the expense of men, who already dominate the profession, but is rather an effort to try to rebalance this inequity. Read More

Malik Knight, a second-year student at Philadelphia University, volunteered to assist students in developing their projects over the two week studio.
Learning by Design by • 08/10/16

When Does the Education of an Architect Begin?

Most professionals can look back to find the moment when a particular person, place, or thing sparked their interest in pursuing their career of choice. Many an architect played with LEGO blocks, drew pictures, and made forts out of blankets and cushions. These callings often went unrequited until one apprenticed, interned, or attended college. Today, summer programs like the two-week intensive Architectural Design Studio at the Center for Architecture give prospective students of architecture a chance to test the design studio waters. Read More

Students from The Neighborhood School pose with their model of One World Trade Center during a visit to SOM’s office where the model is now displayed.
Learning by Design by • 07/27/16

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. Read More

Students at the Center for Architecture's first after-school program.
Learning by Design by • 06/23/16

Exploring Architecture: After School at the Center

This spring, the Center for Architecture was pleased to announce the beginning of a new after-school program to take place twice a year for students in grades 3-5. Each week the students met to design and build. Read More

Students from the IS 392 Architecture Club pose with their models for redesigning the school’s Journalism Lab and key project leaders. (l-r) Howard Stern, Design Educator, Center for Architecture; IS 392 Alise Braick, STEM Teacher, and Loren Cooper, Assistant Principal;  Penda Aiken, Chair, Teach to Excel Foundation; and IS 392 Principal Ingrid Joseph.
Learning by Design by • 06/08/16

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. Read More

Second- and third-grade students at PS 132 in Washington Heights showcased the bridges they designed in a 10-week Learning By Design:NY program .
Learning by Design by • 05/26/16

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. Read More

Slide-tracing allows students to identify shapes within the façade of a building. These shapes are also identified as important building parts that become part of students’ new architectural vocabulary, reinforced by a walking tour in Greenwich Village.
Learning by Design by • 04/06/16

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. Read More