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Skill Up: Architecture and the Natural World
Workshops

Skill Up: Architecture and the Natural World

Join us during the Easter holiday for this creative architecture workshop for young people aged 15 to 18. Tate Harmer leads this four-day course that explores architecture’s relationship to the environment and teaches key architectural skills that will help you understand the importance of context and how buildings must relate to the natural world to be truly sustainable.

About the Workshop

Skill Up: Architecture and the Natural World
Monday 8 to Thursday 11 April 2019, 11am to 4pm daily
For ages 15 to 18

Tate Harmer leads this four-day course that explores architecture’s relationship to the environment and teaches key architectural skills that will help you understand the importance of context and how buildings must relate to the natural world to be truly sustainable. You will learn about sustainable design techniques: for example, the importance of solar orientation, good natural ventilation, high levels of natural day light, a diverse public realm, and the importance of enhanced green spaces.

Throughout the week, you will consider the positive effects that master planning has on the city. You will discover what is meant by ‘site context’ and learn how to recognise the solar path, work out wind direction, measure datum levels, and record the day light levels. You will be challenged to think about the public realm and sketch out initial architectural ideas that will have a positive impact on the neighbourhood.

Through photographs, sketches, and scale models, as well as research and site visits, you will be asked to develop a proposal for a site in a local neighbourhood. All your work will culminate in the construction of a large-scale model which will include your ideas for improving the built environment.

Course Breakdown
Day 1
Introduction to architecture; learning from the natural world
Activity: Understanding context at a masterplan scale

Day 2
Activity: Understanding context at a street scale
Offsite visit: Field trip to see a local neighbourhood in London to understand the street as context (exact location TBC – within walking distance of RIBA)
Activity: Drawing and photomontages (sketching initial ideas based on findings from the field trip)

Day 3
Activity: Physical model making (building architectural proposals for the neighbourhood).

Day 4
Activity: Finish models, sketches and photomontages ready for presentation
Presentations: Presenting your work from the week and reflecting on what you have learnt.

This creative architecture workshop is led by architect Rory Harmer from Tate Harmer for young people aged 15 to 18.

More about the Architect

Rory joined Tate Harmer in 2007 having previously worked for Farrells in their London office. Rory has extensive experience in sustainable design, delivering both residential and commercial projects at various scales. He has a passion for teaching, and has run workshops for the RIBA, Open City, and The City Centre.

He believes that passing down experience and knowledge to the next generation of architects and designers enables us to push the boundaries of possibilities, delivering an exciting crop of talent year on year.

About the Workshop Series

Our workshops for ages 15 to 18 ‘skill up’ teenagers who are thinking about studying architecture or design. Participants think critically, share their views on architecture and express themselves through creative practice. In past workshops participants have learnt how to work to an architectural brief, improve portfolios, develop architectural drawing skills using a variety of media (including digital drawing on iPads) and photography skills, and work individually and collaboratively to think about how to design sustainable and responsible architecture.

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.

This course will 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

  • £200 excluding booking fee
  • £150 for participants who qualify for free school lunch. (Proof required)

To see other learning workshops taking place in this series, see our young people page.