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Skill Up: Exploring Architecture with Mobile Studio Architects

This February half term, join us for this creative architecture workshop for young people aged 15 to 18. Over three days, you will use a variety of media as architect Chee-Kit from Mobile Studio will challenge you to undertake a series of creative practical activities.

About the course

Skill Up: Exploring Architecture with Mobile Studio Architects
Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 February 2020, 11am to 4pm, daily
For ages 15 to 18

Join us for this hands-on, skills-based course. Over three days, you will use a variety of media as architect Chee-Kit from Mobile Studio will challenge you to undertake a series of creative practical activities.

Course programme

Day 1 - Drawings and Observations

We will practice our drawing skills, one of the most important skills to being an architect. We will begin with some quick fire exercises. We will learn to explore drawings beyond the static and explore ways to depict time and motion. We will learn to animate our drawings.

Day 2 - People in Architecture

We will identify our imaginary client, the protagonist of our architecture. We will use our design skills to understand the needs of this person and to design a space for them. Through a surrealist inspired game we will follow our intuitions to determine the design outcome.

Day 3 - Mapping the City

We will explore the city. We will learn mapping skills to try to understand what makes a city personal to us. We will identify the potential of redundant infrastructures in the near future. And think of new ideas for their reuse in a fast changing world around us.

This creative architecture course is led by Chee-Kit from Mobile Studio Architects for young people aged 15 to 18 years.

More about the architects

Chee-Kit Lai is an architect and Director of Mobile Studio Architects. He is also an RIBA Awards Assessor. Prior to setting up the practice he has gained considerable experience from working for a number of successful design-led firms including Dr Ken Yeang, Peter Barber Architects and Featherstone Associates. He was project architect for a variety of high-profile clients and project types. Mobile Studio Architects has been nominated for numerous awards including AJ Small Projects 2011 and BD Young Architect of the Year Award 2008. Mobile Studio Architects is interested in art, architecture and everything in between.

About the Workshop Series

Our workshops and courses for ages 15-18 ‘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.

Some of our workshops 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

  • £150 excluding booking fee
  • £113 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.