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Final Presentation for the Spring 2010 session of CityVision
Watch the Spring 2010 CityVision final presentations.

CityVision uses design as a framework to teach D.C. public school students how to become active participants in shaping their communities. Through extensive fieldwork and mentoring at the National Building Museum, students identify needs and propose solutions designed to help local neighborhoods.  

How does the program work?

takes place during the fall and spring of the academic year. Each year, middle schools integrate CityVision as part of their curriculum and offer participating students academic credit for completing the program.

Up to 15 students are selected from each school to attend the CityVision program. Participants meet for a full school day once per week for 12 weeks to work with Museum staff, educators, and design professionals, on fun, challenging, hands-on activities.

Early CityVision sessions are devoted to teaching participants about the basic elements of the design process. Next, participants work in studio teams to explore selected neighborhoods where they observe and collect information about the community’s needs. Each studio then develops a creative solution that addresses those needs, and created architectural drawings and models of their design. The program culminates in a final public presentation when studios defend their work to a panel of professionals.

Visit our Facebook page albums and Instagram to see pictures of the program in action. 

How can I get involved in CityVision?


If you are a design professional or student in the fields of architecture, urban planning, or education who would be interested in helping youth learn about design and the built environment, consider volunteering at the Museum. Volunteers must be able to commit to a minimum of two Thursdays per month, but are strongly encouraged to attend each session. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. 

Become a school partner
If your school is interested in becoming a partner, please contact the Teen Programs Manager. Your school must be a part of the D.C. Public Schools system or D.C. Charter Schools System, and must also recruit a staff member to accompany the students to the program each week.


For more information, please contact the Teen Programs Manager at 202.272.2448 or email CityVision@nbm.org.


CityVision is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; DAVIS Construction; Sunrise Foundation; Capital One Bank; The William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Aon/Huntington T. Block Insurance; Kelly Family Cuidiu Foundation; and two anonymous donors. Geppetto Catering, Inc. is the official meal provider for Teen Programs at the National Building Museum.