Young people and careers

Past projects

Lightup Foundation workshop, Education Room, RIBA, 2013

Young Heritage Ambassadors from the Lightup Foundation looking at RIBA collection material in the Education Room, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, 2013.

Young Heritage Ambassadors


Young people aged 11-15 from Tottenham and Croydon took part in creative workshops at the RIBA to investigate their local area and develop an understanding of architecture and how to interrogate collection materials as part of the Lightup Foundation’s Young Heritage Ambassadors programme.

The Young Heritage Ambassadors programme was initiated following the 2011 London riots, providing an opportunity for young people to learn about the heritage of their local area and develop the skills and confidence to promote this within their communities through the production of new Youth Heritage Magazines. The Lightup Foundation is a UK-based charity that aims to inspire and empower young people in the UK to take actions which create positive change and real impact in their communities.

 Documentary about Haringey produced by the young people after their research.

 Documentary about Croydon produced by the young people after their research.


Skill Up: Portfolio Booster


Young people aged 15-18 enjoyed a packed day of hands-on workshops and presentations by professionals in the field to find out more about careers in architecture and tips for applying to university. Speakers included:

  • Rory Harmer –  Jerry Tate Architects
  • Gurmeet Sian – Office Sian
  • Luis Diaz – University of Brighton
  • Beatrice Galilee – curator and journalist
  • Ros Croker – Education Curator, RIBA
  • current architecture students from London universities

Kensal Voices


As part of the Kensal Voices project developed by Spid Theatre, a group of 20 young people aged 13-25 living in and around Kensal House attended workshops to explore the V&A + RIBA’s collections, finding out about the heritage of historic council estate Kensal House.

Architect Gurmeet Sian led participants through an investigation of Modernist architecture and the Grade II listed building in North Kensington, designed by modernist architect Maxwell Fry. Participants will continue to follow the journey of Kensal House from its opening in 1936, through to the present day working with 20th Century Society and Oral History Society to create a final performance at the estate.


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