Design Like a Girl Mentor Program

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Design Like a Girl, created in 2015, pairs students with women in architecture, and is open to young people between the ages of 11-13. Participants are paired with mentors from the architecture, construction, and engineering fields to learn first-hand about careers from professional women. In each themed workshop, participants will go on a local field trip and come back to the District Architecture Center to design and build a three-dimensional structure.  The four workshop dates coincide with DCPS’s no school days on Fridays.

The themes of the workshops this year:

  • October 20, 2023 - Fundamentals of Architecture
  • November 3, 2023 - Set Design in Theater
  • January 26, 2024 - Sustainability in Architecture
  • April 5, 2024 - Designing Spaces for Space (to Air & Space)

The goal of the Design Like a Girl Mentor Program is to promote diversity and inclusion within the industry. WAF hopes to open a door that might eventually lead to greater equity and representation in the profession.

Spaces are limited to 12 participants.


Scholarships Available


This program is supported by generous grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and VMDO DC Architects LLC.



District Architecture Center

421 7th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20004


Questions? Contact Heidi Sohng

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