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Skill Up: Flexible Spaces

Skill Up: Flexible Spaces

This February half term, join us for this architecture course for young people aged 15 to 18. Over three days, participants will learn what an architectural project entails as well as developing photography skills, creating architectural drawings and constructing 3D models that demonstrate their proposal for a flexible space with community purpose.

About the Workshop

Skill Up: Flexible Spaces: building with and for the community
Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 February 2019, 11am to 4pm daily
For ages 15 to 18

What do we mean by ‘flexible space’ and in what ways do architects build with and for communities? Join us over three days as we discover the ways in which architects work with local people to build cheap and adaptable spaces that both inspire and empower communities. Inspired by the RIBA Collections, throughout the course you will learn about what an architectural project entails such as budgets, aims, processes and materials as well as gaining hands-on practical experience.

The course will begin with an offsite visit to a local community project. You will develop technical skills in photography to help you research and document the site. Based on your observations, you will discuss your findings with the wider group before working in smaller groups to record your initial ideas using drawing and collaging techniques.

A visit to our exhibition will help your initial ideas develop as we begin to think about the aims, materials and most importantly the community involvement in your project. The ideas you have will culminate in creating architectural drawings of your plans and using model-making skills to create a 3D mock-up of your community space. The course will end with a review and discussion of the body of work you have produced over the three-days to demonstrate your proposal for a flexible space with community purpose.

This creative architecture course is led by artist and educator Marianne Holm Hansen for young people aged 15-18.

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

  • £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.