RIBA National Schools Programme

First nationwide architecture schools programme

Helping children explore and understand the built environment

RIBA National School Photo Competition – your work exhibited

This autumn, RIBA will be hosting a Circular Design exhibition that will explore, explain and celebrate sustainability, recycling, the reuse of materials and the retrofitting of buildings.  We'll be showcasing students interpretations of 'circular design' principles via our national photography competition. The competition, now closed, asked students to explore their own school and find good examples of recycling, reusing,  retro-fitting, and environmentally friendly design features or activities.

The judges selected twelve winning photographs to feature in the exhibition, entitled Long Life, Low Energy: Designing for a circular economy.

Read more about the exhibition and the winners here.

New film for Key Stage 3 and 4 students

Discover our brand-new film for Key Stage 3 and 4 students to explore climate change and the built environment. Featuring exemplary designs and architecture professionals, this film provides inspiration as to how we can tackle the climate crisis through design and innovation, so that together we can build a better, more sustainable future for us all.

Find out more about how to use our Building the Future film in your classroom.

RIBA National Schools Programme

The Royal Institute of British Architects National Schools Programme aims to help children explore and understand the built environment: its impact on people and communities; how it is shaped and developed; and why good design is important. It empowers children to develop their thoughts on architecture and make their voice heard in the debate.

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Supporters of the RIBA National Schools Programme

RIBA is a charity and relies on funding to run its National Schools Programme. Funding from trusts, foundations and donors enables our workshops to be free for schools. 

We are very grateful to the following supporters:

  • Clore Duffield Foundation
  • Ernest Cook Trust
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Kirby Laing Foundation
  • Old Possum’s Practical Trust
  • Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Royal Commission for the Great Exhibition of 1851
  • The Sackler Trust
  • All practices signed up to the Future Architects Pledge
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