The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public awareness, understanding and appreciation of architecture, design and the built environment.

It is based at the Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village, New York City’s premier public space for exhibitions, discussion and professional exchange on architecture and design.

CFAF offers educational programs for K-12 students and teachers through its school-based residency program, Learning By Design:NY, as well as workshops for school groups, youth and family audiences through Programs@theCenter. CFAF also sponsors scholarships for architectural students, practicing architects and related professionals to further their studies and careers.


The Center for Architecture Foundation offers programs for K–12 school groups, monthly Family Day programs, and vacation and summer studios for youth ages eight and up. Program costs vary. For more information visit:

Programs@theCenter are interactive gallery tours and hands-on workshops designed to engage K-12 student and family audiences in contemporary topics about the built environment. Programs take place at the Center for Architecture.


Programs@theCenter include:
Weekend public programs about architecture and design for youth ages 5-13 and their families.

School break and after-school design programs for 2nd - 12th grade students.

Week-long studio programs for youth entering grades 3-12,  exploring topics in architecture and design through art and design activities, walking tours and site visits.

Single-session programs for K-12 school groups visiting the Center that include interactive gallery talks and hands-on design challenges.


The foundation believes that design education should be an integral part of the K-12 curriculum. Children have a natural set of skills applicable to the design process: a curiosity for their surroundings, a willingness to take risks and an unending supply of questions. Project-based design education cultivates these skills and fosters an ability to analyze information and propose creative design solutions for real world problems.

Learning By Design:NY provides school-based K-12 residency programs and professional development workshops to students and teachers.

Working closely with classroom teachers to create a custom program, architecture and design are used as a vehicle for fostering learning and discovery across core subject areas, employing visual tools and activities to inspire creative thinking and problem-solving. Activities include arts-based projects, site visits, neighborhood walks, student presentations and design challenges.

A talented roster of educators brings extensive design studio and classroom experience to each residency, along with passions in areas such as architectural design, historic preservation, landscape architecture and zoo design, carpentry and woodworking, photography and architectural history.

Professional Development Workshops are offered to classroom teachers, introducing participants to built environment education teaching strategies, activities, and curricula. Teachers are introduced to ways of utilizing the abundant teaching resources in their close proximity: the classroom, school building and the immediate neighborhood.

Professional Development Workshops may be included as part of a residency program or may be scheduled individually at the school or the Center for Architecture.