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Rachel Manns

Design Quest: The shape of living (in-person workshop) - October 2021

Join us this October half term for a creative architecture workshop for children aged 6 to 10. Explore different options for road shapes that allow better interaction with neighbours, communities, and promote wellbeing, as well as coming up with your own unique shapes.

About the Workshop

Design Quest: The shape of living

Tuesday 26 October 2021, 11am to 4pm
For children aged 6 to 10

When architects designed the massive housing estate of Becontree in east London they included small roads that locals came to call banjos because of their shape. But why banjos?

In this in-person creative workshop participants will explore different options for road shapes that allow better interaction with neighbours, communities, and promote wellbeing, as well as coming up with their own unique shapes. Could it be the Haywards Heath Hexagon, the Dagenham Dodecahedron, or the Bristol Bicycle? We will explore the options through discussion, drawing and 3D model making to create individual ideas for bespoke communities.

This creative architecture workshop is led by artist educator Daniel Wallis for children aged 6 to 10 years.

Participant information for Design Quest at 66 Portland Place October 2021

With the return to in-person workshops, we are striving to make the learning spaces as safe as possible and will be limiting the number of participants at this time. We are delighted to welcome you back to 66 Portland Place, but will ask that you follow a few extra guidelines for the event:

  • please do not attend if you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19, have had a positive coronavirus test or have been asked to self-isolate
  • hand sanitisers stations are located throughout the building, please use these or wash hands regularly
  • we will keep the room as well ventilated as possible by opening windows and doors, so please bring a jumper if the weather is a bit chilly
  • maintain social distancing and wear a face covering (unless exempt) when moving around the building
  • bring along a packed lunch and a drink (the café is not open at this time). We will be keeping the group together at lunch time and weather permitting we will be having our lunches on one of our outdoor terraces
  • we ask that everybody arrives 10 minutes before the start time so that we can take the group up together. We may be checking temperatures as part of the checking in procedure

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

  • £40 + booking fee
  • £30 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.