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Design Time: Waterworld

Join us this half term for an online creative architecture workshop for children aged 11 to 15. Take the challenge to design and create a building that can withstand the ultimate test of standing upon the waves.

Cripes! Disaster has struck and we are surrounded by water! Learn about the impact of natural disasters on urban environments.

What on Earth will float your boat? Can you design a building that works on water? Will it float?

Join us and take the challenge to design and create a building that can withstand the ultimate test of standing upon the waves.


• Paper

• Pens / pencils

• Glue

• Scissors

Optional extras

• Plastic bottles (washed and dried out)

• Corks or any similar floaty materials

• Lolly sticks/wooden BBQ skewers/sticks or similar

• Blu tac or plasticine

• Plastic bags (if you have some)

This online creative architecture workshop is led by artist-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 are 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.