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Design Quest: Zoo-topia
Photographer: Wilson Yau / RIBA, British Architectural Library

Design Quest: Zoo-topia

This summer, join us for this creative architecture workshop for children aged 6 to 10. Over two days, we’ll learn about the different needs of animals and investigate the type of homes that would suit them before designing and building mini-model houses for a variety of animals, to create our very own Zoo-topia!

About the Workshop

Design Quest: Zoo-topia
Thursday 15 and Friday 16 August 2019, 11am-4pm daily
For children aged 6-10

Different animals have different needs and usually their homes reflect these. If you were building a home for an animal in a zoo, would you build a penthouse for a penguin or perhaps a bungalow for a baboon? Over two days, we’ll research, design and build to create mini-model houses for a variety of animals, as we work together to design our very own Zoo-topia!

We’ll start off by researching the different needs of animals and investigate the type of homes that would suit them. What interiors do they need? How will their homes vary? Perhaps a giraffe needs a double height living space, while a monkey needs a tree top canopy roof? The choice is yours!

We’ll also look at and learn about interesting architecture to inspire our ideas, from futuristic housing schemes through to quirky pop up designs. Alongside lots of creative inspiration and ideas, you’ll learn new drawing and model making skills, and as a group we’ll create a marvellous model zoo to play with and explore.

This creative architecture workshop is led by artist and educator Katie Kennedy for children aged 6-10.

About the Workshop Series

For ages 6-10, 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 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.

If you're under 18, 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.