In 2021, RIBA Learning launched Reading Architecture, a national literacy project designed to help RIBA understand what architecture books we should be recommending to children, young people and teachers. During the summer term of 2021, over 650 students from 27 schools across England were asked to read and review a set of architecture books. Find out about what students got up to during the read and review stage of the project.
Reading Architecture is the first national literacy-focused project RIBA has launched and is an important and valuable initiative to schools across the UK as teacher consultation has highlighted the need and desire for ideas to explore different kinds of texts with pupils through cross-curricular teaching.
Literacy is a core subject in all UK schools and teachers are set the challenge of exploring a set amount of texts each year with their classes. There is no specification for the types of texts children should be exploring. RIBA’s Reading Architecture project has highlighted that the multidiscipline nature of architecture enables teachers to deliver exciting, creative and cross curricular learning that is focused around literacy and is very appealing to pupils and schools.