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Skill Up: Playing and Dis(playing) on High Streets, a four-day architecture course for ages 15 to 18
Workshops

Skill Up: Playing and Dis(playing) on High Streets, a four-day architecture course for ages 15 to 18

This Easter holiday, join our creative workshop themed around architecture and art for ages 15 to 18 years. Participants will get a taste of what the design process is like as an architect and the different design tools they use.

About the Workshop

Please note: on Tuesday 3 April, this workshop will start at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place. At 12pm, we will travel as a group to Thornton Heath High Street where the group will spend the rest of the day visiting various developments in the area and doing activities there. Children will need to have a relevant travelcard and bring their packed lunch which we will eat while we travel and dress appropriately for wet and cold weather. We will remain there for the rest of the day, so if you are picking up you child, you will need to do so from Thornton Heath. Please let us know you are OK with this via our registration form.

This workshop, led by architects from YOU&ME architecture practice, will explore a London High Street, its people and its architecture.

We will design unique architectural interventions within this public streetscape and test through drawing, mapping, photography, collage and model making at different scales. We will work collaboratively to come up with interactive and engaging designs for different users that explore function, materiality and generate a sense of delight.

Throughout the days of the workshop, we will get a taste of what the design process is like as an architect and the different design tools they use. We will be inspired by the local context of the high street as well as drawing from the RIBA collections and library.

Themes will include the social responsibility and influences of architecture and look at the varying scales of design from the mini architecture of a bench through to the shop, the street and the giant city plan.

This creative architecture workshop is led by architects Iris Papadatou and Alicja Borkowska from YOU&ME for young people aged 15 to 18 years.

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.

More about the architects:

YOU&ME is a collaborative multi-disciplinary architecture practice interested in the interface between architecture, art and public spaces and how these can be stitched together to create animated and loved high street environments.

YOU&ME has extensive expertise in public realm and community engagement projects and is committed to making things - a postcard, a book, an installation, a building - using playful, challenging and inclusive methodologies. The practice has recently been featured in the Architecture Foundation’s New Architect 3 book ‘The definitive survey of the best British architects to have set up in the last 10 years’.

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.

To see all learning workshops that are taking place for all ages throughout Easter, please go to our What’s On page.