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Skill Up: Points of View, a three-day architecture course for young people

Skill Up: Points of View, an architecture course for young people

This May half-term, join our creative workshop themed around architecture and art for ages 15 to 18 years; participants will be introduced to key architectural design concepts that form the foundation of architectural education and use these to appreciate the value of our individual perspectives on architecture as a social art.

About the workshop

Skill Up: Points of View

For ages 15 - 18

Perspective drawings provide us with a singular view of architectural design and create the illusion of a three-dimensional space within a two-dimensional medium. But they also create the impression that a building, as an architectural object, is fixed and immovable. In this Skill Up workshop, we will explore and expand the scope of traditional architectural drawings to allow you to reflect on your own perspective on design and inhabit your individual vision for the city.

We will be drawing on the RIBA archive materials which form part of the Sam Jacobs exhibition, Disappear Here, reframing these influential architectural drawings to explore how our reading of architectural context can influence our understanding of a specific place.

Participants will learn physical model making techniques to explore key architectural challenges such as scale and materiality. These models will form the basis for the development of their design proposals that will explore how we experience architecture as a narrative sequence of spaces. Finally, these sequences will be combined to create our own digital game, a collectively-designed playable cityscape.

These sessions will provide aspiring architects and designers with an introduction to critical design development skills, exploring techniques that range from traditional plan drawings through to digital games design.

We will introduce key architectural design concepts that form the foundation of architectural education and use these to appreciate the value of our individual perspectives on architecture as a social art.

If you're under 18, tickets must be booked by a parent or guardian and advance registration is essential.

This creative architecture workshop is led by Ceri Williams and Amy Butt from Involve Architecture Collective for young people aged 15 to 18 years.

More about the Architects

Ceri is an architect and independent designer based between London and North Wales. His work includes small scale architectural commissions, product development and computer game design and illustration. Alongside practice he is a design tutor in architecture and interiors at Newcastle and Middlesex Universities.

Amy is an architect and client advisor, lecturer and design tutor in architecture at Newcastle University, and independent researcher. She has a passionate interest in education building design, with a strong belief in the importance of wider consultation and narrative communication, to create spaces which can engage and inspire all users of the built environment. Visit Amy's website for more info.

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.

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.