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Learning at home

We have created a set of engaging easy use resources for people of all ages and interests to explore architecture from home.

Some of them will develop your skills or teach you something new about architecture, some you can do together as a group and some all you need is your imagination.

Making dens / Rachel Manns

Architecture for everybody

3D Paper Model Techniques

Learn the techniques to cut, shape and fold paper to be able to create your own 3D models step by step with educator Milly Wood.

Watch 3D Paper Model Techniques.

How to Make an Architecture Slider Puzzle

Follow this step by step guide to make an architecture inspired puzzle which can then be used by people of all ages to solve.

Download How to Make an Architecture Slider Puzzle.

Recycle and Redraw

Explore a new way of drawing buildings using everyday objects as inspiration with artist educator Daniel Wallis.

Watch Recycle and Redraw.

Build Your Own Biodome

Learn about the different ecosystems found in biomes and biodome structures before making your very own biodome model from toilet rolls. This activity was written and produced by West Port Architects with input from Sandra Kolacz.

Download Build Your Own Biodome.

Cereal Box City

Follow this step by step guide to make your very own city in a cereal box with artist educator Katie Kennedy.

Download Cereal Box City.

Drawing Rooms

Learn techniques to create 3D perspective drawings and detailed studies of the rooms in your home in this resource for all ages.

Download Drawing Rooms.

Masterplan

Become a Master planner and create a vibrant city map using 3D paper model-making with artist educator Katie Kennedy.

Download Masterplan.

Pavilions, Pop-ups and Temporary Structures

Learn about structures that are not built to last then have a go yourself at making a tent or a den with artist educator Zoe Allen.

Download Pavilions, Pop-ups and Temporary Structures.

Flexible Spaces: Working for and with Communities

Can you solve the challenge of designing a space for a community with many different people wanting different things? Your challenge has been set by artist educator Marianne Holm Hansen.

Download Flexible Spaces: Working for and with Communities.

How to Make Newspaper Stick Structures

Follow this step by step guide to make newspaper sticks which will form the building blocks for making your own 3D architecture models.

Download How to Make Newspaper Stick Structures.

How to Make Gingerbread Buildings

Follow this step by step guide to make delicious edible treats that are inspired by the built environment you can see around you.

Download How to Make Gingerbread Buildings.

Draw with George: a 3D skyscraper

Join the RIBA Learning mascot George the Lion as he shows us in a few simple stages how to draw your own skyscraper. You can draw a skyscraper you know from your window, from photos or images from the internet, or draw from your imagination!

All you need for this activity is a pencil and a sheet of paper.

Find inspiration and images of differently sized and shaped skyscrapers on RIBApix.

Watch Draw with George: a 3D skyscaper.

Draw with George: stairs in 3D

Stairs can be tricky to draw, but RIBA Learning mascot George the Lion will show you how to draw them one step at a time. Look around you, do you have a staircase near you? How many steps does it have, what materials is it make of? Draw from real life, images from books and the internet, or use your imagination!

All you need for this activity is a pencil and a sheet of paper.

Find inspiration and images of amazing and quirky stairs on RIBApix.

Watch Draw with George: stairs in 3D.

Architecture brief generator

Challenge yourself to respond to a randomly generated architectural brief, in which you will have to consider location, building use, your client and their taste in architectural styles.

Download Architecture brief generator.

Colour and Create Architecture

Download spreads from RIBA Publishing’s forthcoming colouring book 'Colour and Create Architecture: Gigi finds a new home' – due to arrive in autumn 2020.

  • If you have a printer, print these off – they’re best at A3 size but A4 is fine too!
  • If you don’t have a printer you can use MS Paint (or Paintbrush on Mac) to colour in and add to the drawings onscreen using a computer

Download Colour and Create Architecture spread 1 as a PDF (for printing) or JPG (for colouring on screen).

Download Colour and Create Architecture spread 2 as a PDF (for printing) or JPG (for colouring on screen).

Colouring in architecture / Daniel Wallis

Curriculum based activities

Animal Architecture

Explore human and animal architecture and create a home for an animal of your choice in this KS1 and KS2 DT, Art and Science project.

Download Animal Architecture.

Build like an Egyptian

Learn about the architecture of Ancient Egyptian burial sites before designing and making your very own pyramid in this cross-curriculum project suitable for older KS2 students.

Download Build like an Egyptian.

Design like a Greek

Go back in time to learn about Ancient Greek architecture, mythology and worship in this student led KS2 History and English project.

Download Design like a Greek.

The Safe House

Protect the Prime Minister from an invasion by designing him a special safe house in this self-led KS1 and KS2 DT and Science project.

Download The Safe House.

Story Making Places

In this KS2 and KS3 English project, you will use the RIBA architectural collections as inspiration, discovering new places that will feature in your amazing stories.

Download Story Making Places.

The Beauty of Numbers

Use algebra and geometry to investigate the Golden Ratio and apply these principles to design your very own beautiful building. For KS3 and older students.

Download The Beauty of Numbers.

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Illustrations from Animal Architecture / Bryony Abbott
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