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Rachel Manns

Skill Up: Purposeful Transformations

Join us for our first creative architecture workshop online for young people aged 15 to 18. Explore the possibilities of unused office buildings post pandemic using drawing and collage to present architectural ideas.

About the Workshop

Skill Up: Purposeful Transformations

Thursday 29 October 2020, 2pm to 4.30pm
For young people aged 15 to 18

The worldwide pandemic has led to more people working from home and large office buildings in cities left either wholly or partially empty. As working patterns evolve, some experts think that these changes in how office buildings are used may well be permanent. How can we convert these unused spaces in socially beneficial, practical and useful ways? Can we turn them into spaces that foster different ways of living and working in the future?

Rethink: 2025 was a RIBA Journal competition addressing what design changes the world might need post pandemic, with one of the projects, Get Everybody In, focusing on vacant office spaces.

Participants will make at least one annotated drawing inspired by the Rethink: 2025 winner. They will also take part in an a collaborative mapping activity via an online interactive whiteboard and then develop their ideas through individual drawings and collage-making.


  • Paper – A3 if possible
  • Colour pencils and/or felt tips
  • Pencil, pens and any preferred drawing equipment
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick and/or sellotape

This online creative architecture workshop is led by educator, Daniel Wallis for young people aged 15 to 18 years.

This is a repeat of the workshop run on Saturday 26 September 2020.

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.

The workshop will take place online via Microsoft Teams. A link will be sent to participants with confirmed bookings. This event is suitable for those aged 15 to 18 years old. These workshops are led by professional educators and supervised by RIBA staff. Please see the materials list for items that will be required during the workshop.

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.

Workshop costs (introductory rate)

  • £20 excluding booking fee
  • £15 for participants who qualify for free school lunch. (Proof required)

To see other learning workshops taking place in this series, see our families and children page.