Bringing architecture into schools

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Building blocks: Students from Brampton Manor Academy, who worked with architects from RSHP during one of the workshops (image: Lucie Goodayle Photography)

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched its National Schools Programme, a nationwide architectural learning initiative that partners schools with expert architects.

The companies volunteer their employees’ time to deliver bespoke, curriculum-linked workshops for children aged four to 18. The programme is free of charge to schools.

The aim is to help thousands of children to explore and understand the built environment, its impact on people and communities, how it is shaped and developed, and why good design is important.

Architecture is not a subject that is taught as part of the school curriculum and the programme has been launched after a pilot worked with more than 200 schools in England and involved 349 of RIBA’s “Architecture Ambassadors” from 170 architecture practices.

A short film about the programme and workshops is available at and for more information, go to


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