Our Mission

Partnered with the World Monuments Fund and the Park Avenue Armory, the 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 view the following videos for an introduction to WHSAD's internship program.

Host a WHSAD Intern


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 are interested in … [Read More...]

What’s Happening at WHSAD?

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WHSAD Students Become More Marketable for the Workforce

For the past five months, a dozen students at the Williamsburg High School of Architecture and Design (WHSAD) have been working diligently to prepare themselves to break into the manufacturing … [Read More...]


WHSAD Students Score Internships Aboard the Mary A. Whalen

The tanker, known as the Mary A. Whalen, has long been untethered, traveling from port to port on short-term permits, but beginning Friday, it'll finally have a home at Pier 11 in the Atlantic … [Read More...]


WHSAD students attend two Broadway performances

Over the last two weeks WHSAD students have attended performances of two Tony nominated Broadway productions. 50 students attended a performances of the new musical “The Visit” staring Chita … [Read More...]

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Honor Roll – Spring 2015, Marking Period 2

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


WHSAD Students Visit Starbucks Design Studio

Seven students from the Williamsburg High School from Architecture and Design visited the Starbucks Design Studio in Midtown Manhattan in order to get a better understanding of what professional … [Read More...]


WHSAD Juniors Participate in the Annual Philadelphia Trip

On April 25th, a group of WHSAD juniors and staff members participated in the annual field trip to Philadelphia, PA. The purpose of this annual trip is for students to see the roles that architecture … [Read More...]


Our WHSAD SkillsUSA chapter Is going to NATIONALS!!!!!!!

Our WHSAD chapter competed at the the annual New York State SkillsUSA championships this past week. We are proud to announce that Autumn Gonzalez won 1st place in the Prepared Speech competition and … [Read More...]


Students Manufacture Heating Grilles for WHSAD at Architectural Grille

We are now in production mode! After we learned about the structure of the company Architectural Grille, its safety procedures and the operation of their CNC (computer numerical control) machines we … [Read More...]


WHSAD Students Interview for Summer Internships

On Friday, April 17th, nearly 40 WHSAD students were interviewed by the school's Internship Partners as part of their application for summer internships in the fields of Architecture, Preservation, … [Read More...]


Girls Who Code: Play Video Games Designed by WHSAD Students

During the last weeks WHSAD students have developed some video games in the Girls Who Code club.   Use the links below to check out our first games!   Ashley Cabrera … [Read More...]

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Transcript Workshop for Freshman & Sophomore Parents

The WHSAD Guidance Department will be hosting a transcript review workshop for all 9th and 10th grade parents and students.  We will go over your child's permanent record and discuss promotion and … [Read More...]


WHSAD Freshman Compete in National Bioenergy Competition

Freshman students Najee Neil, Xavier Abreu Negron, Victor Perry, Alfredo Sanchez and Nicholas Shannon are competing in a national competition through the Department of Energy. The task was to design … [Read More...]

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Honor Roll – Spring 2015, Marking Period 1

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


WHSAD Students Get a Sneak Peek of Williamsburg’s New State of the Art Music Hub

  Williamsburg is at the center of an amazing revolution! Old buildings that are relics of the manufacturing/industrial age are being transformed into state of the arts spaces. Today Ms. … [Read More...]


WHSAD Students Win the Gold at the SkillsUSA Regional Conference

  Our SkillsUSA WHSAD chapter participated in five competitions at the 4th annual NYC SkillsUSA regional conference. In all, we won 12 medals. Our students took home the gold in the following … [Read More...]


Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a club which started at WHSAD in the Spring, 2014 semester and will be meeting every Friday afternoon. Taught by programmers from Tumblr, it provides an introduction to computer … [Read More...]


Electrical Class

Electrical Installation class is in full swing. We are currently working on traditional house wiring circuits, using different cables and raceways such as non-metallic sheath cable, armored cable and … [Read More...]


WHSAD Honor Roll Students Participate in 3rd Annual Barclays Center Field Trip

  On March 2nd, over 60 WHSAD students from the third marking period honor roll went to the Barclay's Center to see the Brooklyn Nets take on the visiting Golden State Warriors. This field … [Read More...]


WHSAD Students Go to Barclays Center to See the Knicks vs. the Nets

On Friday, February 6th, more than 20 WHSAD students were rewarded with a free field trip to see the New York Knicks versus the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. While the Brooklyn Nets enjoyed a … [Read More...]


Press Conference: WHSAD Launches Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Public Advocate Letitia James were joined by fellow legislators, New York State Regent Kathleen Cashin, teen dating violence prevention … [Read More...]

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Honor Roll – Fall 2014, Marking Period 3

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

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