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empowering the next generation through design thinking

2019-2020 Design Mentorship Program

Incubator at Sasaki


The 2024 SEED program kicked off July 8 and runs through August 16. Stay tuned for opportunities with our next session of DESI.

About Design Education

A thriving design industry requires a pipeline of diverse, talented, and passionate practitioners who infuse new ideas and disrupt established patterns.
The Sasaki Foundation supports initiatives that prepare such future leaders. The Sasaki Foundation also advocates for innovative design practice, seeking ways to cross discipline boundaries and amplify impact. Of special interest are programs that advance diversity and inclusivity in the next generation of design professionals. By connecting young students with design practitioners through deep and meaningful experiences, the Sasaki Foundation is investing in a more equitable design industry, to the benefit of all.

“It was here that I found my interest in architecture.”

— Shemar, 2018 SEED student

2019 SEED internship

Watertown, Massachusetts

2023 SEED students presenting their final projects

110 Chauncy, Boston, Massachusetts

Summer Exploratory Experience in Design (SEED)

SEED is an annual six-week paid internship structured holistically around introducing young high school students to the world of design. The program, which began in 2018, is an intensive deep dive into collaborative project work, office culture, and design fundamentals. The SEED program works closely with Sasaki to provide the students with access to world-class projects and the people who design them. Over the course of the summer, students work on their own group project, spend time with Sasaki professionals in design charrettes, learn valuable hand sketching and computer drawing skills, and so much more.

Applications for the SEED program open each spring. Learn more.

In 2020, the Sasaki Foundation translated this six-week internship into an online curriculum. SEED Online shut down on March 8, 2024. We plan to relaunch a new version of the curriculum later in 2024.

Designing Environmental and Social Impact (DESI)

Launching in winter 2024, The Sasaki Foundation Designing Environmental and Social Impact (DESI) program is a semester-long paid internship providing high school students with guidance on how to use design thinking to create solutions to the environmental and social issues in their communities. Students will walk away with the ability to identify problems or areas of improvement, to think critically about how to address or mitigate them, and to design and develop creative and innovative solutions they can clearly communicate visually and verbally through an independent thesis format.

DESI is a complement our six-week SEED program, and students can apply to both.

2024 DESI students sketching

110 Chauncy, Boston, Massachusetts

2019 Architecture + Design Thinking Day students sketching with Sasaki designers

Incubator at Sasaki

Architecture/Design Thinking Week

Architecture/Design Thinking Week is a paid career exploration workshop introducing Boston Public high school students to the design industry. The program is an annual partnership between the Boston Society for Architecture and the Boston Private Industry Council, with collaboration from local design firms. Staff from Sasaki, the Sasaki Foundation, Goody Clancy, Finegold Alexander Architects, and HMFH Architects facilitate each day of the workshop, which takes place during February school vacation week. Participating students work through a design prompt, gain new design skills, and learn to communicate their ideas ahead of a final presentation. The program serves as a pipeline to nonprofit design programs and internships, including SEED.