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The Chicago Architecture Center’s Teen Saturday Studios—generously funded by John and Nancy DiCiurcio—teach core skills essential for a career in architecture and design, from using digital software to building scale models.

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Thank you for expressing interest in our programs. Due to current circumstances Teen Saturday Studios is on hold. For more information visit our COVID response page to for updates.

Each three-hour studio is led by a professional architect, designer, engineer, contractor or mentor from the Chicago area. Students who regularly attend the studios are eligible to earn a stipend and certificate of completion.

During the studios, teens are introduced to architecture and the adjacent fields of engineering, construction and design. Content areas include design thinking, sketching, digital tools, site visits and model making skills.


Studios take place on Saturdays, generally once a month, from 1-4pm during the school year. The ArcelorMittal Design Studio at the CAC is the primary location, although some studios may include nearby site visits.

More details are available for each upcoming studio in the links below: