Courses & Workshops

The Brits Who Built The Modern World Season is a major programme of exhibitions and events organised by the RIBA. Through drawings, watercolours, photographs and models it tells the fascinating story of why and how British architecture developed globally from 1750 to the present.This season of exhibitions and events is inspired by the BBC documentary series The Brits Who Built The Modern World.



13 February - 
27 May 2014

Design Quest Workshops for 7 to 11 year olds


Design Quest: Build the Future                   
Thursday 17 April 11am - 4pm                                
What will the world look like in 50 years? 100? 1000? See how the Brits have designed buildings for the future and create your own space-age structure.

Design Quest: Mega-structures                    
Tuesday 22 April 10.30am - 4pm                    
Looking back in time to see how ancient buildings continue to inspire architects today, you will design your own mega-structure to reflect your favourite historic site.

Design Quest: What is PoMo?
Wednesday 23 April 10.30am - 4pm                      
Discover the secrets of PoMo and learn how architects played with different shapes and forms to create surprising buildings. Create your own 3D PoMo design.

Design Quest: Keep It Up                            
Thursday 24th April 10.30am - 4pm
How do buildings stand up? Experiment with different shapes and structures to discover why buildings don’t fall down. Get building with different materials to create your own 3D structure.

Design Quest: Around the world at RIBA HQ 
Friday 25th April 10.30am - 4pm                    
Discover how British architects have been designing amazing buildings across th worls for hundreds of years. Transform what you have learned into your own treasure trail of amazing architecture.

Design Day Workshops for 11 to 15 year olds


Design Day: Where in the World?  
Monday 14th April 11am - 4pm                      
Investigate iconic buildings around the world and experiment with drawing techniques to create your own designs for an architectural map of the future. 

Design Day: Make it PoMo  
Tuesday 15th April 11am - 4pm                              
Develop your sketching skills by playing with perspective, form, scale and shading to create your own Postmodern vision.

Design Day: Eco- architecture                    
Thursday 17th April 11am - 4pm                             
Discuss the future of architecture and draw inspiration from the Brits to create your own futuristic eco-vision.

Skill Up Workshops for 15 to 18 year olds

Skill-Up: Sketchy Structures
Monday 14th April 11am - 4pm                               
See why British architecture inspired by machines has turned heads around the world.

Skill-Up: Space Age Architecture
Tuesday 15th April 11am - 4pm      
Be inspired by the daring designs of th Brits and re-imagine the architecture of your own community in the space age.

Skill-Up: Living PoMo Style   
Wednesday 16th April 11am - 4pm     
Focusing on scale, proportion, perspective  and shading you will create your own post- modern home.

Skill-Up: Cities of Yesterday and Tomorrow           
Tuesday 22nd April 11am - 4pm                                  
Explore how Brits have shape architecture around the world from 1750 to troday. Examine original drawings and models by some of the greatest architects the world has ever seen.

Skill-Up: Design Studio                            
Wednesday 23rd April 11am - 4pm                              
Learn more about how to become an architect, how architects work and what goes into making good architecture. Get a taste of what it might be like to satudy architecture.

Skill-Up: Modelling Forms                           
Thursday 24th April 11am - 4pm                                
Learn how to make effective models and to achieve striking visual effects using different materials.

Family Fun Workshops 


Family Fun: Transporting Ideas                      
Friday 25th April 11am - 4pm                                 
Join us on a fantastic journey via the spectacular transportation hubs British architects have built around the world. 

Explore & Draw: Workshops for adults

Explore & Draw: Hi- tech Structures                        
Saturday 12th April 1pm - 5pm                                
Discover how high-tech came to dominate global architecture at the turn of the 20th century before drawing on-site at St Mary's Axe. 

Explore & Draw: Concrete Modernism                         
Saturday 10th May   1pm - 5pm          
Learn how architecture in the inter-war years promised a better future for Britons before drawing on-site at the National Theatre. 

Explore & Draw: City in a Building                          
Saturday 14th June 1pm -5pm                                    
Understand how the Brits influenced urban design before drawing on-site at the Barbican.  

Explore & Draw: Workshops for adults

Point & Shoot: Gallons of Glass
Saturday 5 April 1pm - 5pm                                   
Learn how architectural photographers from the nineteenth century to today have captured this most modern of materials before exploring the architecture around More London through the photographic lens.

Point & Shoot: Geometry & Height
Saturday 3 May 1pm - 5pm                                     
See how a generation of British architects drew the camera lens upward before exploring the geometric shapes and towers surrounding Tower 42 through the photographic lens.

Point & Shoot: Asymmetrical Aliens                        
Saturday 7 June 1pm - 5pm                                   
Understand how architectural photographers have captured the asymmetrical shapes and the clash of the old and the new in British architectural design before exploring the architecture around One New Change through the photographic lens.

Run, Jump, Shoot: Workshop for adults

Run, Jump, Shoot: The Brits  
Saturday 17 May All day                                       
Run, Jump, Shoot returns to its roots for the Brits Season. Join Photographs Curator Justine Sambrook, photographer and parkour athlete Andy Day ( and Dr Ben Campkin (UCL Urban Lab and the Bartlett School of Architecture) for this unique workshop exploring architecture through photography and the urban sport parkour.