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Skill Up: Celebrating architecture - December 2021

Join us for this online creative architecture workshop for young people aged 15 to 18, to examine how and why we celebrate architecture now and in the future.

About the workshop

The Becontree Estate in east London is celebrating 100 years since it was first built, but why are we celebrating houses that are 100 years old?

Join us for this online workshop to examine how and why we celebrate architecture now and in the future. Using the online information about the exhibitions on display at RIBA, participants will develop a toolkit to allow for recording important elements of various architecture and how it develops and evolves over time by those that use it.

The session will respond to the visual and functional elements of architecture and how it impacts on the communities living there. Participants will develop a part of the digital tool kit aimed at helping users appreciate changing architecture over time and to record it. At the end of the session, a full toolkit combining all participants elements can be downloaded in PDF format.


  • pen
  • paper

This online creative architecture workshop is led by educator Daniel Wallis, for young people aged 15 to 18 years and is an adaptation of an in-person workshop run in October 2021.

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 learned 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.

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 15 to 18 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

  • £20 + 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.