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RIBA - learning for adults

​Adults: Creative courses, workshops, and events

Our adult learning programme offers a range of exciting opportunities to explore, discuss, debate and be inspired by great architecture. Subjects and themes are drawn from RIBA’s unsurpassed collections of original drawings, models, photographs and rare books and are brought to life through creative challenges that encourage participants to see the world around them in a new way. Our courses and workshops are designed for anyone with a wish to explore their own passions or interests further, or who simply wants to try something new.

Participant at a creative workshop organised by the RIBA. Credit: RIBA, British Architectural Library

Our courses, workshops, tours and talks are led by established architects, artists and educators and are informed by RIBA’s own expertise in architectural history, culture and practice. These are a mixture of day-long and weekend-long courses that look at architecture through disciplines such as drawing, photography, model-making and other creative activities. Our upcoming events are:

Take a private guided tour of our stunning Grade II*-listed London headquarters to learn the history of the RIBA and hear the stories of the men and women that built it. Throughout the year we run our Public Building Tours.

Become a RIBA Friend and enjoy discounted entry to our events and more.

If you would like to sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about our events, please email

Guided tour of the RIBA headquarters at 66 Portland Place, London. Credit: RIBA, British Architectural Library

Community Groups: Promoting Digital and Social Inclusion for Older Learners

In partnership with community and specialist interest groups, our learning programme actively promotes digital and social inclusion for older learners (aged over 55). Through creative workshops that take their inspiration from architecture and our collections, participants share memories and reflect on architectural themes, while practicing new skills such as writing, digital drawing, 3D printing, photography and model making. Workshops take place at local community centres, or our London headquarters where a visit is combined with a guided tour of our Art Deco headquarters or current exhibitions.

We welcome groups to work with us in designing a two-hour session that is tailored for their participants and members. Sessions are free, supported by experienced RIBA staff and take place throughout the year, but must be booked in advance.

To find out more, please email on or call 020 7307 3798.

Next public events: Silver Sunday Week at the RIBA and Design Museum, October 2018
Discover more about the landmarks of London and try out new art skills in our artist-led workshops as part of Silver Sunday, a nationwide celebration of older people. All events are free, some require booking - please check individual listings for details.

iPad drawing workshop at 66 Portland Place, London. Credit: RIBA, British Architectural Library
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