Design Pop!

For students entering grades 3-8

About Design Pop!

Design Pop! offers engaging activities for aspiring young designers. Students in grades 3-8 are invited to attend our Elementary and Middle School sessions. Workshops are led by energetic volunteers from local design firms and organizations.

Students are welcome to drop in anytime during our Open Workshop programs hours. These workshops offer multiple themed activities.

Mark your calendar and visit this page often, as programs are updated throughout the year! Program registration opens one month before each event.

Contact us if your firm or organization is interested in leading or hosting one of our scheduled programs.


Next Event – Elementary (3-5)   Session 01    Saturday, January 28 

Wildlife Residences

The objective for this activity is for students to challenge their creativity and problem-solving skills by designing and building a unique and functional home with unconventional spaces for an animal character of their choice. As they use their problem-solving skills and creativity to build their animal’s dream home, they’ll learn about architectural and interior design!

Elementary  grades 3-5

Session 01

Date              Jan 28

Time              10am – 1pm

Location       CFAD 50 W Town Street

Session 02

Date              September 09

Time             TBA

Location       TBA

Middle grades 6-8

Session 01

Date              March 25

Time             TBA

Location       TBA

Session 02

Date               July 29

Time              TBA

Location        TBA

Open Workshop 3-8

Session 01

Date              October 07

Time             TBA

Location       CFAD 50 W Town Street

Session 02

Date              December 02

Time             TBA

Location      CFAD 50 W Town Street

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the hours of the workshops?

Programs typically begin at 10 am with flexible drop-off 30 minutes before the program begins and pick-up 30 minutes after it ends. 

Where will programs take place?

The Center for Architecture and Design will host a number of our programmed events, but some programs may be held at other locations around the Columbus metro area. Check back often to confirm the program location. 


Do participants need to provide their own lunch?

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch. Water and a light snack will be available.

NOTE: Refrigeration will not be provided.


Who will be overseeing my child during the workshop?

Depending on the program one or more CFAD members will be present for each workshop event. CFAD members go through training and are required to obtain both BCI and FBI background checks. Once registered for an event parents will be provided with the name, number, and email address of the overseeing CFAD member.