Program Levels

We offer three studio program levels for young people ages 14-19. Our programs are project based team collaborations driven by the expertise young people have about the neighborhoods where we work. Youth have the opportunity to step up as leadership interns after completing two program levels.

  • Urban Design Team: introduction to urban design and community planning. (72-96 studio hours)
  • Advanced Practice Design:introduction to professional practice through project design development, writing proposals and project management. (30-80 studio hours)
  • Design-Build Studio: design engineering, permit documents, construction management and crew leaders. (70-140 studio hours)
  • Youth Leadership Interns: identifying studio initiatives and new opportunities, peer-to-peer outreach, fundraising, managing and implementing new programs.

Skills Portfolio

Through hands on activities leading to real-world projects, young people gain the following skills:

  • Design: design thinking, creating a client “needs statement,” design-build engineering, prototyping, engineering, client presentations, community outreach and interviews, establishing criteria and evaluating findings.
  • Leadership: meeting and interviewing clients, project scheduling, project management planning, public presentations, leading and participating in peer and professional review
  • Career skills: site observation, data collection and analysis, writing project budgets, writing funding proposals and grants, using hand and power tools, creating safety plans, visual communication – including sketching, mapping, photography, graphics.
  • Team work & collaboration: communication, problem solving, setting criteria and constraints, creating quality assurance plans, sharing and developing ideas as a team.



Our program model explained:


Territory also offers shorter stand-along workshops for community outreach and engagement:

  • Think-Make-Share Workshop – introduction to design thinking for adults and young people (1-4 hours)
  • Conversation Territory Placemaking Charrette – a weekend workshop for young people to create pop-up community engagement tools for interviewing people at street fairs and neighborhood social spaces (16-24 hours)
  • Youth Empowerment Walking Tours – “Walk In Our Shoes,” a three week workshop for high school students using graphic communication, urban planning and story telling tools to share how our cities work for young people (4-6 weeks)