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Design Quest
Rachel Manns

Design Quest: Civilisation Station

This Easter holiday, join us for this two day creative architecture workshop, for children aged 6 to 10. This workshop will explore how we can combine different architectural styles and languages, to make an internationally understood architectural language through drawing and collage.

About the Workshop

Design Quest: Civilisation Station
Tuesday 14
April and Wednesday 15 April 2020, 11am to 4pm daily
For children aged 6 to 10

From ancient history to the present day, every civilisation has arrived at its own distinct kind of architecture. But why are there different kinds of buildings in different places? Does it depend on the local materials people used, or the ways in which buildings are used across different cultures? And why so many different shapes and forms?

This course will encourage you to look at different styles and building structures to find an answer for the biggest question of all: what on earth are all these buildings and these different architectural styles for?

We're all aware that people speak different languages across the world, but how do we understand the variety of architectural languages spoken in different countries? Can we identify a distinctive visual architectural vocabulary from country to country? And is it possible to bring together these different styles to make an internationally understood architectural language? Join us for a two day workshop to find out more about the issues these questions raise.

This course will encourage you to use drawing and collage to build a giant civilisation-scape. We will discover a communal building language together, aiming to form a vibrant new aesthetic of architecture in a shared international landscape.

The workshop will be led by artist educator Zoe Allen, for children aged 6 to 10 years.

About the Workshop Series

For ages 6 to 10, our Design Quest workshops inspire younger children to use their imagination and hands-on creativity for a fun introduction to architecture. Previous workshops have seen participants create optical illusions, design sustainable dens, build stage sets, develop an animated story around a public space, or assemble a house for a mouse.

Based in London, mainly in our HQ at 66 Portland Place, all participants must arrive by 11am. These workshops are led by professional educators and all materials are included in the ticket price, but lunch is not provided.

Tickets must be booked by a parent or guardian. Online booking in advance is essential and if we do not receive full registration information in advance of the event, we cannot allow the participant to attend.

Some of our workshops involve a visit to an offsite location that is designed to enhance the learning experience and provide vital real-world context. Children are supervised by RIBA staff and volunteers at all times during such visits, and location information is provided in advance.

Workshop Costs

  • £100 excluding booking fee
  • £75 for participants who qualify for free school lunch. (Proof required)

To see other learning workshops taking place in this series, see our families and children page.