Exploring Architecture in Manhattan

Exploring Architecture in Manhattan

Exploring Architecture in Manhattan

Exploring Architecture is a four-week intensive college-level program that introduces high school students to design and architecture. The dynamic digital design studio environment integrates the computer lab, fabrication lab and plot shop facilities technologies with the design studio to prepare students with the advanced creative tools, skills and knowledge for innovative thinking and making through hands on design projects.  New York Institute of Technology faculty conduct daily studio classes and weekly field trips to introduce students to the rich architecture and design culture of New York City.

Topics include:

  • Architectural design and history theory
  • Hand crafted drawings and models
  • 3D Digital design and visualization applications:
    Photoshop, Illustrator, Rhinoceros
  • Shop fabrication: laser cutting, 3D printing and wood working
  • Plotting and printing

Exploring Architecture students have full access to NYIT-Manhattan’s professional architecture facilities, including an open studio with a view of nearby Central Park, as well as the School of Architecture and Design’s computer labs, model fabrication lab, library, and resources.

No previous experience with architecture, drafting, or art is needed.

Upon successful completion of the course, students receive three academic credits and an official transcript from New York Institute of Technology. These credits can be applied to the undergraduate architecture degrees for students enrolling in the School of Architecture and Design at New York Tech.


The Exploring Architecture Digital Studio program includes a digital design and visualization course and a history/theory course focused on student projects and contemporary architectural issues. Students learn to understand, analyze, and reinterpret the built environment using the language of architecture to reveal methods and strategies for inventing new forms and spaces. Integrating digital and craft technologies in a series of cumulative short studio projects, students develop and transform 2D information and 3D models into an architectural and spatial proposition that defines a scale for human occupation and experience. Students also learn best practices for documenting their projects and for developing their personal design portfolios.


The Exploring Architecture Digital Studio is offered during one four-week session: 

  • July 6 – 31

Courses are offered Monday – Friday on our New York City campus.

Costs (four-week session)

  • Tuition: $2,720


A number of merit-based scholarships are available for the Exploring Architecture summer program. Scholarships will be awarded to students based on their strong interest and commitment toward pursuing their selected area of study and on merit.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Enrolled in high school (10th, 11th, or 12th grade).
  • Formal essay (300-350 words) explaining why you are interested in your selected program and how it will help prepare you for college and your future career. 
  • Copy of most recent high school transcript. 

The deadline for scholarship applications is May 1.

Recipients of the scholarship will be notified the week of May 15.


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Anthony Caradonna
Associate Dean for Academic Operations