Workshops 2016

Our learning events are inspired by our 'At Home in Britain' exhibition and are led by professional educators. Materials included unless otherwise indicated. We have workshops for everybody:




Workshops for adults, June to July 2016

Group Drawing
Image: Participants at an RIBA workshop

Tickets £50/£35 (£30/£20 students), online booking essential.


Point & Shoot: Dream House I 
Saturday 11 June
Explore & Draw: Dream House II
Saturday 2 July
This two-part workshop explores fleeting and whimsical interpretations of the home through different media. Be inspired by the RIBA collections before taking part in an on-site practical session at the Serpentine Pavilion. 

Writing Home 
Saturday 25 June 
What is home? Where is home? Be inspired by six new architectural commissions imagining homes for the future as you explore the meaning of ‘home’ in your own creative writing. 

Explore & Draw: To the Streets
Saturday July 23 July 
Graffiti and other forms of street art have long been a means of challenging the status quo. Hit the streets on a hunt for some of the freshest, most provocative artistic takes on housing issues. Create some of your own (non-permanent) art to express your views.

House Party
Saturday 13 August 
10am-5pm; Free, booking required
Join us as we celebrate the Great British Home through great music, dance and – of course – lots of building!


Building tours 

Building Tours of 66 Portland Place: The Home of British Architecture 
2.30pm–3.30pm Saturdays on  4, 11, 18 and 25 June
£5, online booking essential
Generations of architects have considered the RIBA’s stunning Art Deco headquarters at 66 Portland Place home. The RIBA invites you to take a tour of our house as we recount intimate tales of intrigue, innovation and inspiring creativity here at 66.



For children, families and young people, June half term and Summer holidays 2016

Make yourself at home at RIBA during the school holidays. We have an exciting programme of workshops, all inspired by 'At Home in Britain', in the half term and summer holidays.  



Family Fun Day: Architecture, Art and Design
Saturday 4 June
11am-4pm; Free, booking required
Take a journey underground and learn how Crossrail is designing its new stations from the ground up. Design and build your own station along the way! 

Den Day with Save the Children
Saturday 18 June
Three sessions: 10am-11.30am/ 12.30pm-2pm/ 3pm-4.30pm
£10 per child
Learn how families around the world construct life-saving structures, shelters and camps as you build your own den with the materials provided. 

House Party
Saturday 13 August 
10am-5pm; Free, booking required
Join us as we celebrate the Great British Home through great music, dance and – of course – lots of building! 




Design Quest at the RIBA
Image: Creative activities at a Design Quest workshop

Our Design Quest workshops are a fun introduction to architecture. Join us this summer to design a house for a mouse, create a miniature village in Regent’s Park or assemble a flat-pack home for your family!

£35 (£20 – eligible for free school lunch). Online booking essential.


Design Quest: Blow your House Down 
Friday 3 June
Can you design a house to withstand raging winds? Experiment with different materials and structures as we attempt to huff, puff and blow your house down!

Design Quest: Flat-Pack House
Monday 1 August
Imagine if you could design your very own home. The only thing is, so is everyone else...and you all have the same materials! Will your design stand out? 

Design Quest: Regent’s Park Life
Monday 8 August
Build a model housing development right in the heart of Regent’s Park using a bag of mystery materials, then sow seeds to make a green, growing home to take away. 

Design Quest: Mouse House
Tuesday 9 August
Be inspired by our exhibition and use recycled materials to create your own miniature house, complete with bespoke furniture, interior design and exterior decoration.




Design Day for ages 11 to 15 

Models from Design Day: Mutant Cities and Transformer Buildings
Image: Participants' work from a Design Day workshop

Design Days take architectural design a step further with a particular focus on different architectural styles, construction methods, model-making, traditional and digital drawing techniques.  

£35 (£20 – eligible for free school lunch). Online booking essential.


Design Day: Home Wars
Thursday 2 June
In a battle between the cottage, the terrace and the flat, which will come out on top? It’s a fight over form and function, good design and real-world living. You decide!  


Design Day: Social Space
Tuesday 2 August
Can architecture help us get along? Let’s find out. Together! Explore different kinds of homes that put social at the heart of housing. Work together to design and create imaginative social spaces for homes of the future. 

Design Day: Mission Possible - Social Housing
Wednesday 10 August
The challenge: provide affordable, well-designed housing for a large group of people in a short period of time. How have architects addressed the challenge of social housing? Can you come up with a better solution? Be inspired by some of the interesting and even quirky designs that architects have come up with before creating your own digital design. 

Design Day: Ideal Home
Thursday 11 August
If you could choose, where would you live and what would your house look like? Practice technical drawing skills to create plans, sections and elevations of your ideal home before adding a digital dimension to present your ideas. 




Image: Designing and learning at a Skill Up workshop

Designed to ‘Skill Up’ teenagers who are thinking about studying architecture or design, participants will learn how to work to an architectural brief, improve portfolios, develop architectural drawing and photography skills, and to think about how well-designed housing can benefit us all. 

£35 (£20 – eligible for free school lunch). Online booking essential.


Skill Up: Party Walls
Wednesday 1 June
Find inspiration in At Home in Britain as you design your own block of flats for 21st-century living. Experiment with different drawing techniques before constructing a 3-D model for high-rise housing that will allow us to live better together. 


Skill Up: Summer School
Wednesday-Friday 3-5 August 
This three-day workshop has been designed for young people considering a career in architecture. Participants will learn the principles of architectural design, how to work to an architectural brief, get top tips on building a successful portfolio and practice architecture drawing and photography skills. 



If you have any queries, please contact us:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3703 (phone line open Tuesday to Friday)

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Explore and Draw workshop