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Rachel Manns

Design Time: Brilliant Bridges

Join us this half term for an online creative architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. Explore how bridges can cross more than roads and rivers and architecture can be used to bring us together.

About the Workshop

Design Time: Brilliant Bridges

Thursday 29 October 2020, 10am to 12:30pm
For children aged 11 to 15

Bridges: they're absolutely brilliant, aren’t they? But what do bridges actually do? How were they built? Why do they all look different?

Can bridges cross more than roads and rivers? Can architecture be used to bring us together?

During this workshop, participants think about barriers, boundaries and borders and investigate the shape and structure of different kinds of bridges, before taking on a creative design and build challenge of their own.


  • A pencil or some pens
  • Plain white paper – a few sheets for drawing, designing and doodling
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Pritt stick or glue
  • String – always useful, but not always essential

This online creative architecture workshop is led by educator Zoe Allen, for children aged 11 to 15 years.

About the workshop series

Our Design Time (previously Design Day) workshops for ages 11 to 15 take architectural design a step further by providing context and knowledge of the built environment to spark creativity. Past workshops have focused on different architectural styles, small and large-scale construction methods, traditional and digital drawing techniques, architectural games and using software to design collaboratively in a shared space.

The workshop will take place online via Microsoft Teams. A link will be sent to participants with confirmed bookings. This event is suitable for those aged 11 to 15 years old. These workshops are led by professional educators and supervised by RIBA staff. Please see the materials list for items that will be required during the workshop.

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.

Workshop costs (introductory rate)

  • £20 excluding booking fee
  • £15 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.