Since 2000, there have been more than 65 Practitioner Partnerships and over 2,000 students participating across England, including primary, secondary schools and sixth form colleges.
All students have benefited by seeing what they have learned in the classroom applied in a real life scenario through their Architect. Some students have gone on to study architecture themselves. Teachers and architects have also gained personally through the partnership, as well as obtaining Continuing Professional Development time.
Two of the seven Architects in Residence programmes were Designing a Greener London, exploring sustainability in a city; and Maths through Architecture, focusing on curriculum-based learning.
Designing a Greener London
Architects in Residence: Designing a Greener London project, in the Spring and Summer of 2007, established 14 partnerships between schools and architects' practices around London. Each was set the brief of developing plans for a London neighbourhood or locality, interpreting the concept of 'green' either poetically by embodying the values of the natural world, or by addressing issues of sustainability. The work produced by the students was shown in an exhibition at the RIBA, and assessed by a group of judges, with awards given in different categories.
Maths through Architecture
Maths through Architecture is a curriculum focus development of the Architects in Residence programme. It aims to support the delivery of mathematics in the classroom, using design as a vehicle for this learning.
Maths through Architecture enables school students to apply mathematical knowledge in real life architectural scenarios, guided by an architect.
The programme was piloted in 2009 in London with students and teachers at Tower Bridge Primary School and the Chelsea Academy. The schools worked with two architecture practices, Allies and Morrison and Hawkins\Brown, on an architecture project focused on the Mathematics curriculum, to develop their plans to make London a more 'Welcoming City' – the theme of the London Festival of Architecture 2010. Their work was featured in an exhibition at the RIBA. Since then, more schools across the region have taken part in the programme.