Now in its fourth year, the New Heights program introduces Class VIII students to the world of classical architecture, a field in which women are significantly underrepresented. For one week, Class VIII sets aside their regular class schedule to immerse themselves in history, art, and math and work with professional architects, designers, and craftsmen who teach through field trips, building projects, and classroom instruction.
The program kicked off on Tuesday, October 9, at the Fifth Avenue campus, followed by an architectural walking tour up Fifth Avenue. This year’s theme of the program was inspired by Brunelleschi’s famous dome in Florence, so the students learned in depth about this complex structural element. Jonathan Horning, a graduate professor at The Prince’s Foundation in London, coached the students in dome construction on a very large scale. The program concluded with a field trip to Grand Central to study and sketch a dome in a modern, urban setting.