About Us

The Alberti Program: Architecture for Young People allows St. Louis students ages 8-15 to explore architecture and design through hands-on learning. This tuition-free program operates as a day camp in the summer and on Saturday afternoons during the academic year. Participants hear lectures, go on field trips, and do hands-on projects. Students receive a nutritious lunch or healthy snacks. They get attentive mentorship and opportunities to meet design professionals, students, and peers. Students from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds take part each year. The curriculum is engaging for students with and without prior exposure to art and design.

The Alberti Program is an outreach initiative of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and is supported by partnerships with PGAV Destinations and The Divided City: an Urban Humanities Initiative.


The Alberti Program has four objectives:

  • Engaging diverse students through instruction on design and innovative problem solving.
  • Teaching the next generation the importance of sustainable environmental design.
  • Enriching the lives of Washington University students and faculty by providing an opportunity to collaborate with the St. Louis community.
  • Fulfilling Washington University’s institutional responsibility to the St. Louis community.