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Architecture Ambassadors

‚ÄčArchitecture Ambassadors

Architecture Ambassadors are RIBA architect members who volunteer to partner with schools on an architectural project of their choosing.

To help give children an insight into architecture and to inspire them about the potential of the built environment, we encourage you to sign up as a RIBA Architecture Ambassador and share your skills and knowledge.

Every term we run Architecture Ambassador partnerships where we link a school and an architecture practice to work on a joint project together. Typically the partnership will consist of a visit to 66 Portland Place, after which the architect/s go into school to help students respond to a design brief, drawing on the visit to the RIBA, the school site, a theme being explored in class, or the local area. The length of the project can vary from one half-day workshop, to weekly sessions throughout a half term, depending on consultation between the architect/s and the teacher/s.

Architecture Ambassador and student in the RIBA's National Schools Programme. Credit: Paul Cochrane / RIBA, British Architectural Library

There are a finite number of Architecture Ambassador partnerships available each term, and places are allocated to schools on a first come, first served basis. The partnerships are open to primary and secondary schools, and are currently offered free of charge.

Support from RIBA staff is provided throughout the duration of these partnerships and all of our Architecture Ambassadors are given training before visiting the school. There is also an opportunity for Architecture Ambassadors and teachers to meet and plan their project in advance of any sessions with children.

We welcome architects, architectural assistants and architecture practices to sign up as RIBA Architecture Ambassadors. Participation counts towards official RIBA CPD for architects and architectural assistants.

Become an Architecture Ambassador

Read our three case studies to find out more about the Architecture Ambassador programme

If you are interested in signing up or hearing more, please contact the Learning team on learning@riba.org

Architecture Ambassadors and students in the RIBA's National Schools Programme. Credit: RIBA, British Architectural Library

Note of Endorsement from the RIBA President

Raising awareness of the positive impact of excellent buildings with future generations and creating new and broader pathways into the profession is a key priority for the RIBA. I wholeheartedly support and endorse the RIBA Architecture Ambassadors who are leading the way in doing this through our National Schools and Young People’s Programme.

We recognise that a well-informed generation of young people will go on to become well-informed citizens and future clients who champion a high quality built environment, and will understand the invaluable part played by the architecture profession to make that happen. The wide variety of skills, including problem solving, developed whilst learning about and through architecture are transferable and applicable to all parts of life. The programme also raises aspirations and creates new and broader pathways into the profession for the architects of tomorrow from a wide range of backgrounds. 

RIBA Architecture Ambassadors undergo comprehensive RIBA CPD-accredited training in working with schools and communicating architectural concepts to young people. They then work closely with their partner teacher and the RIBA Learning team to develop a scheme of work to take into the classroom: a creative brief focussing on responding to a local or school-based challenge, supported by the RIBA’s exhibition programmes and its unique architectural collection of drawings, photographs, models and books. RIBA Architecture Ambassadors go into school for at least two hours (often more) to share their inspiration, creativity and expertise with children.

Feedback from the children and their teachers during the pilot has been very positive indeed and well beyond our expectations. We look forward to the National Schools Programme becoming part of our core offer. Many thanks to all our members who have volunteered their time so enthusiastically, it is very much appreciated.

Ben Derbyshire, RIBA President 

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