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Summer Architecture Career Lab

See the world through the eyes of a New York City architect!

Summer 2021: The Career Lab is not taking place due to COVID-19. We hope to run the program in person in future years when circumstances permit.

With New York City as the dynamic backdrop, City College’s architecture career discovery program can help you engage in the people, places, and things that make New York one of the great global cities of architecture. Experience a month-long immersion into the academic, professional, and cultural world of architecture theory and practice. The entire city will serve as the class setting: intense creative projects, interactive field trips, guest speakers, guest critics, workshops and studio sessions form the foundation of the program. Participants will gain new appreciation and understanding of the richness of architecture and gain the practical experience required to make an informed and meaningful career choice.

Who: The Summer Career Lab is open to high school juniors and seniors 16 years or older at the start of the program, as well as college students and adults 18 years or older, who are interested in seeing what it’s like to pursue a degree or career in design or who are seeking to develop portfolio materials for college or graduate school applications. No prior experience in architecture, design, or art is necessary.

Facilities: The state-of-the-art Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture hosts this program on the historic, 36-acre City College of New York campus in West Harlem, Manhattan. Participants have dedicated workspace in one of the light-filled Spitzer School studios 7 days per week. Students utilize our library, digital design and fabrication labs, and model shop to develop projects, in addition to our digital cameras and computer labs to document them for their portfolios.

What: The Career Lab fosters exploration into many ways to engage with the practice of architecture and the urban environment while learning about new theories, materials, and technologies. Areas of emphasis include:

  • Hand craft
  • Digital fabrication
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Ecologically and culturally sustainable practices

Beginning with exploratory hand-sketches and advancing through measured, precise digital drawings and three-dimensional models, participants learn how to take an architectural project through various stages of design and development. Drawing, model-making, software and portfolio workshops provide students with the many necessary manual and digital skills to successfully develop and represent an evolving project.

Instruction: Under the direction of Anthony Titus, students receive individual attention from design instructors who provide continuous direction and encouragement on a daily basis. Instruction includes personal, one-on-one meetings, small group discussions, and the chance to have your work reviewed by distinguished design professionals who offer constructive criticism and feedback. You will also learn by attending lectures by distinguished design professionals who are experts in the latest developments and trends in the profession.

Advantages: The Career Lab will expose students to college-level architectural study, providing an important advantage over those pursuing the major without this experience. Additionally,  students will be able to develop an architectural portfolio, which will greatly help in preparing applications to both undergraduate and graduate professional schools. Workshops in digital and physical portfolios will be conducted throughout the session.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be issued a transcript for 3 professional development credits from the Office of Continuing and Professional Studies. Non-CUNY schools may accept these credits at their discretion.


For further information about our summer program including schedules, payment polices, and refund policies please contact the Continuing and Professional Studies Program at:

160 Convent Ave – Shepard Hall Room 2
New York, New York 10031
Tel. 212-650-7312