Middle school girls see New York City architecture in new light

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Eighth-grade girls at New York City’s Marymount School are learning about a career opportunity that surrounds them every day. Thanks to the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, the students are being introduced to the world of architecture through a hands on program called “New Heights.”

Throughout the ten week program, students work with ICAA educators, leading architects, architectural historians, and specialists to learn about classical architecture through interactive studio experiences, classroom sessions, and guided field studies. The students visited sites around New York City, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, historic mansions of Fifth Avenue, and Marymount's own Beaux-Arts style building.

The program aims to bring more diversity, especially among women, into the field of architecture. According to The American Institute of Architects, just 17 percent of their practicing members are female.

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