CUNY Design Your City Program

During the Design Your City program, you will develop a proposal for a place-based solution to a real, built environment problem in your community. You will learn valuable skills, tools, and best practices used in community-centered planning, including how to research the community’s history, analyze different data sources, understand the stakeholder landscape, and build support for your idea. At the end of Design Your City, you will pitch your proposal to a panel of professionals – who may be able to help bring your idea to fruition. You will also create an online project portfolio that you can  include on your resume.
Throughout the program you’ll gain
  • An array of skills to add to your resume
  • A portfolio to link to on your resume
  • Exposure to a variety of civic focused career paths
  • Introductions to a vast network of professionals
  • A membership to the Association for a Better New York’s Young Professional Network


Design Your City is an 8-week program. The program sessions will run from January 12th to March 5th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-8pm and Fridays from 12pm-1pm.
Sessions will be led by top NYC-based practitioners including:
Government Agencies:
– NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics
– NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
– NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Consulting and Government Relations Firms:
– Urbane Development
– Kasirer
– 3×3 Design
– American Planning Association / NY Metro Chapter
– Project for Public Spaces
– Measure of America
And many more!
Interested in Applying to Design Your City?
Current CUNY undergraduate student
Students cannot be in their freshman year
     – Associate degree students must graduate between June 2021 and June 2022
     – Bachelor degree students must graduate between June 2021-Dec 2023
Must be able to attend all sessions
A strong interest in the built environment and how cities are created, including neighborhood development, urban planning, urban design, economic development, urban data, or participatory  planning
Learn more by attending our info session on
December 15th at 4PM EST
Apply by Sunday, December 20th 11:59pm at