Our Mission

Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design (WHSAD for short) offers students a unique and engaging four-year course sequence with a focus in architectural drafting, design principles, and historic preservation. Our inter-disciplinary and hands-on approach to architecture, design, and the visual arts integrates internship experiences and skills training throughout core academic content areas. WHSAD students can earn a Career & Technical Education (CTE) endorsed diploma in Architectural Drafting & Design, and up to 6 college credits upon graduation from our program.

All of our students are given the opportunity to participate in paid internships with industry partners. Please take a moment to review the following posts to learn more about our program.

Work Based Learning at WHSAD


Learn About WHSAD’s Work Based Learning Program

WHSAD students are not expected to wait until they graduate college to begin their first job. Experience in the workplace is as crucial to a student's education as the classroom. The goal at WHSAD is that our students enter college and begin their … [Read More...]


Interested in Hosting a WHSAD Intern?

  Please review the following documents  to learn more about how to host a WHSAD student for an internship at your company/organization and the skill sets that our students develop through our four year program. If you have any questions, or … [Read More...]

Where Are They Now?

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Jasmine Cumberbatch – Class of 2014

Jasmine Cumberbatch is currently In her sophomore year at Arcadia University studying Interior Design. “One of the best features of WHSAD is honestly the teachers. I actually believe the staff at WHSAD is amongst the best in the world.  They show such a great interest in every student and will take time out of their personal lives to make sure we’re getting the best … [Read More...]


Taivon Edwards – Class of 2014

As a result of his four years of technical  training in at Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, Class of 2014 graduate Taivon Edwards was hired to work in the drafting department of Architectural Grille as a CAD operator. To learn more about Taivon's experience in the workforce, see the article below or click here. … [Read More...]


Fabian James – Class of 2008

Fabian James, WHSAD Class of 2008, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with a degree in Computer Engineering Technology. “The vast opportunities I received at WHSAD, such as  advanced math courses and  mentorships from Pratt University & New York City College of Technology, helped prepare me for higher education. These outside classes along … [Read More...]

What’s Happening at WHSAD?

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As the onsite Woodworking class at Makeville studio (located in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn) comes to an end, WHSAD students who participated celebrate their hard work with their family and friends. This class was designed for beginners with little to no woodworking … [Read More...]


Honor Roll – Spring 2016, Marking Period 2

Congratulations to all of the students that made the honor roll for the first marking period! Keep up the good work! To see if you’ve made the honor roll, look for your grade in the report below. Remember, while your average may have been high enough, you can only make … [Read More...]


Our Summer at PortSide! WHSAD Interns on the MARY A. WHALEN

PortSide NewYork is very happy with the work and team spirit of the three interns from WHSAD. We told them that, in this era of PR and social media, they should have the learning experience of creating a blogpost about their time with us. Click here or see below to … [Read More...]

CM Reynoso was joined by Williamsburg Organizer, Alexis Rodriguez and Lauren George  Director of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs at NYC Landmark and Preservation Commission

Elected officials speaker series KICK OFF!

On Friday, April 8, 2016 Council Member Antonio Reynoso (34th District- Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Ridgewood) visited WHSAD to kick off our electED officials speaker series. The purpose of the speaker series is to allow elected officials and civic leaders to meet our … [Read More...]


WHSAD Students Begin Design Competition

As part of WHSAD's ongoing partnership with Heritage Equity Partners, six pairs of students will spend the next two months designing the 25 Kent sales office that will be built out this summer in the building currently rising at 55 North 10th Street, here in Williamsburg. … [Read More...]

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