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National Schools Programme: Become a RIBA Architecture Ambassador

​National Schools Programme: Become a RIBA Architecture Ambassador

Architecture Ambassadors are RIBA architect members who inspire the next generation through partnering with schools on our National Schools Programme.

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

If you are an architect, architectural assistant or student who would like to share your skills and knowledge in school, we would like to hear from you.

RIBA Architecture Ambassadors are architectural professionals who volunteer to partner with schools to inspire one or more classes about the potential of the built environment. Ambassadors empower children and young people to have an opinion on architecture and make their voice heard in the debate.

Every term we run Architecture Ambassador partnerships in London and in different geographical regions. Typically, a partnership will involve the teacher and Architecture Ambassador working together with RIBA Learning to develop a project for a group of students at the school. Projects often focus on a curriculum-linked design brief relating to the school site, a theme being explored in class, or the local area. Architecture Ambassadors then go into school to deliver one or more workshops linked to this topic.

Projects vary from one half-day workshop to weekly sessions throughout a half term and the duration is agreed between the Architecture Ambassador(s) and the teacher(s) during project development. As part of the project, Architecture Ambassadors are welcome to host a visit to one of their buildings or sites (if appropriate – RIBA Learning can offer guidance on this) or another local venue. For partnerships participating within reach of London, school groups can take part in a hands-on, creative workshops at 66 Portland Place.

There are a limited number of Architecture Ambassador partnerships available each term. The partnerships are open to primary and secondary schools and are offered free of charge.

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

RIBA Learning support Ambassadors throughout the duration of the partnership and provide training before visiting a school. We also provide an opportunity for Architecture Ambassadors and teachers to meet and plan their project in advance of any sessions with children.

Participation in the National Schools Programme counts towards official RIBA CPD for architects and architectural assistants. Feedback from participants during the pilot suggests it is a highly enjoyable and positive experience.

The National Schools Programme rotates to different geographical regions each term. If you are would like to find out if we are currently active in your region, please contact RIBA Learning at learning@riba.org.

If the programme is not currently active in your area, please make an expression of interest and we will do our best to include your region in future rotations.

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