There are many benefits from introducing architecture into the classroom:
Studying the built environment and design through Architects in Residence can prompt young people to think differently about curriculum subjects and their practical application, adding a work-related perspective and so boosting motivation and interest.
Exploring architecture can engage young people with their local area, encourage pride of place and promote citizenship.
Working with architects can help students gain knowledge and life skills valuable for future employment.
Meeting and working with practising architects, who continually deal with creative challenges and find solutions to practical problems, can offer students inspiring role models.
A working contact with an architect can offer information and encouragement to those students interested in being involved in architecture, built environment or the construction industries as a career choice.
In 2011, a survey completed by 90 students from the regional rollout of Architecture in Residence showed that
- 'The teaching is different because an architect and teacher both have different perceptions of learning and I am glad to have viewed them both.' Adam aged 13
- 'It was interesting and fun. It's different because we don't have to write in our books and we didn't copy off the board.' Sophie aged 13
- 'It was good because I have a better understanding of maths.' Can aged 8
- 'We learnt how an architectural designer works and it was better than usual lessons. I am thinking about being an architect now.' Matthew aged 14
- 'It was cool as they are actual real architect! Thank you for the great experience! I think we are all delighted.' Hannah aged 13