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Skill Up: Mobile Studio Architect's five-day Summer School for young people
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Skill Up: Mobile Studio Architect's five-day Summer School for young people

Join us this Summer for this five-day creative workshop for young people aged 15 to 18; participants will be introduced to basic architectural education, the profession and concepts. Taking part in a series of hands-on activities of various scales and mediums, they will practice and develop new creative skills.

About the workshop

For ages 15 to 18

Mobile Studio Architects lead this five-day course that provides an introduction to basic architectural education, the profession and concepts. Using Sam Jacob’s exhibition on perspective as inspiration, you will take part in a series of hands-on activities of various scales and mediums, to practice and develop new creative skills. Every day will enable you to focus on a new element of a self-contained exercise and all these elements will culminate in a final event on the last day. Suitable for all abilities.

If you're under 18, tickets must be booked by a parent or guardian and advance registration is essential. This workshop involves an offsite visit; parents/guardians must complete a consent form prior to the start date.

Course Breakdown

Day 1: Shelters
You will begin the day by studying shelters and the different styles and types there are. You will then work with a site and follow a brief by sketching and planning in order to create a shelter that fulfils your client’s needs. Then you will work in a group to build models, thinking about scale and modelling techniques before presenting your work to your peers.

Day 2: Drawing
On the second day you will begin to think about the visual representation of your ideas and how this can create a story. You will study a local site and communicate a personal narrative for it by creating a diorama using recycled materials. These dioramas will be combined to create a collective tapestry of all the participants' work.

Day 3: Day-Trip
Day three will provide a taster of student life as we visit university sites and architectural schools. You will be exposed to the architectural education environment through tours before finally taking an architectural field trip to a site where you will observe and sketch onsite. (Please note: all participants will need signed parental permission for this offsite visit which is a vital part of the workshop)

Day 4: Making
You will learn about optical illusion in architecture and see some of the ways that architects play with perspective in their work. You will explore this by working in groups to create an Ames room, a space that when viewed from one specific point, seems distorted.

Day 5: Installation
On the final day, you will create a responsive piece to Sam Jacob’s exhibition which will include planning, discussing, sketching, building and recording your work. You will develop skills and confidence to create and present a body of work from initial conception to the working product.

This creative architecture workshop 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 gain 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 projects 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

Designed to ‘Skill Up’ teenagers who are thinking about studying architecture or design, 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. Online booking in advance is essential. If you're under 18, tickets must be booked by a parent or guardian and advance registration is essential.

Occasionally our workshops involve offsite visits which are a vital part of the workshop and we must receive relevant permissions for your child in advance. If this is the case, you will be contacted before the workshop and receive a form that must be signed and returned to us before the workshop.

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

This event is part of the exhibition Disappear Here: On Perspective and Other Kinds Of Space.