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School visits to 66 Portland Place

Explore architecture and the built environment in our iconic London headquarters, 66 Portland Place. We use our world-class collections and exhibitions, as well our historic 1930s building, to bring the curriculum to life.

Schoolchildren visit our exhibitions © Kes Eccleston

Develop your students' critical thinking, teamwork and design skills through activities such as modelmaking, masterplanning, sketching and digital drawing on iPads.

Workshops are led by the RIBA Learning team in our purpose-built Clore Learning Centre. Workshops are 3 hours long and include a 30 minute lunch break. Space for lunch is provided. We can accommodate up to 30 students per group.

Schoolchildren visit our Clore Learning Centre © Rachel Manns

Architecture workshops at 66 Portland Place are free for state schools and colleges. Independent schools will be charged a modest fee to help us cover our costs.

To request a school visit to 66 Portland Place, please fill in our request form.

To stay up to date with our schools programming, sign up to the RIBA’s National Schools Programme newsletter for teachers.

Storytelling with Olivia Armstrong @Mariale-Alejandra Huicho

RIBA Learning is also very excited to announce its brand new Key Stage One Storytelling sessions that explore the extraordinary history of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

This free storytelling session is aimed at introducing reception, year one and two pupils to what architecture is, what the Royal Institute of British Architects is and the extraordinary history of the organisation and its remarkable home, 66 Portland Place.

Storytelling sessions will take place at RIBA HQ, 66 Portland Place, W1B1AD.

Schools can book onto either a 10.30am or 11.30am session.

Sessions will last for an hour and schools can use RIBA’s lunchroom.

Schools can also complete an additional drawing/design activity if they would like to.

Storytelling sessions will take place on the following dates throughout 2023;

7 March, 10.30am and 11.30am

18 April, 10.30am and 11.30am

19 May, 10.30am and 11.30am

9 June, 10.30am and 11.30am

14 July, 10.30am and 11.30am

11 September, 10.30am and 11.30am

6 October, 10.30am and 11.30am

3 November, 10.30am and 11.30am

8 December, 10.30am and 11.30am

To book onto a session please email:

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