Our Mission

Partnered with the World Monuments Fund and the Park Avenue Armory, Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design (WHSAD for short) has a unique curriculum that focuses on architectural preservation. Our inter-disciplinary concentration on Architecture, Studio Art and the Visual Arts threads artisan skills training and internship experiences throughout core academic content areas. All of our students are given the opportunity to participate in paid internships with industry partners. The alignment of architecture and design with core academic areas prepares our students for multiple college and career pathways in architecture, design and other related professions. Students from WHSAD can earn up to 6 college credits upon graduation from our program. Please take a moment to view the following videos for an introduction to WHSAD's internship program.

The following video was produced by WHSAD's Junior class as a culminating project for their 2013 residency. As part of WHSAD's ongoing partnership with The Park Avenue Armory, our Juniors are offered yearly offsite residencies that provide an inter-curricular experience in art and design. These residencies challenge our students to study the design and structure of the historic Park Avenue Armory through the lens of our junior Architectural Preservation class. In addition, the teaching artists who lead these residencies focus their instruction on the application of WHSAD's academic classes (English, Math, Social Studies and Science) to the specific unit of study chosen for the residency.

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What’s Happening at WHSAD?

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WHSAD Students Complete Summer Internships

For six weeks in July and August,  18 WHSAD students worked in paid internships at sites across Manhattan and Brooklyn, in fields related to Architecture, Design, Preservation, the Arts, and … [Read More...]


WHSAD’s Groundswell Mural Interns

In collaboration with The Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Groundswell youth artists, which include 6 interns from WHSAD, will celebrate … [Read More...]


Honor Roll – Spring 2014, Marking Period 3

Congratulations to all of the students that made the honor roll for the third and final marking period! Keep up the good work! … [Read More...]


Clean Greenpoint and Tree Care Event

The final phase of Operation Teach.Learn.Grow kicked off on Saturday, June 14th when WHSAD students were joined by Council member Steven Levin to assemble and garden the remaining 15 Walentas Family … [Read More...]

WHSAD In The News

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WHSAD Students Showcase Their Talents at the Fifth Annual Night of Arts at Park Avenue Armory

On Monday, May 19th, the Park Avenue Armory opened its doors to the public to showcase the talent of the students of Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design. The freshman class showcased their architectural drafts and AutoCAD designs. The sophomore class showcased … [Read More...]


New York City Wins 29 Medals in Statewide SkillsUSA Competition, WHSAD Awarded First and Third Place

  New York City public high schools placed high in the statewide SkillsUSA Competition at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Over 2,000 students competed in 82 categories like 3D Visualization, Construction Skills, IT Technologies and Health Care. Eleven New … [Read More...]

Assemblyman Joe Lentol, NBDC Director Richard Mazur and the students pose by the Huron Street Tree Box. Photo by  Tanay Warerkar

WHSAD Students Design Garden Boxes to Beautify Greenpoint

  About two dozen students from the Williamsburg High School of Architecture and Design (WHSAD), the Greenpoint Youth Court and the Frances Perkins Academy gathered in front of the North Brooklyn Development Corporation Offices on Huron Street to install garden boxes … [Read More...]