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Skill Up: YOU&ME Architecture Summer School
Workshops

Skill Up: YOU&ME Architecture Summer School

This summer, join us for this creative architecture course for young people aged 15 to 18. Over 5 days, you will get a taste of what the design process is like for architects, the different design tools they use and what it’s like to study architecture. Using a London high street as a starting point, you will test your ideas through drawing, mapping, photography, collage and model making at different scales.

About the Course

Skill Up: YOU&ME Architecture Summer School
Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August 2019, 11am to 4pm
For ages 15 to 18

This course, 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.

Over 5 days, we will get a taste of what the design process is like as an architect, the different design tools they use and what it’s like to study architecture. We will be inspired by the local context of the high street as well as drawing from the RIBA collections, exhibitions 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.

Please note: This course will involve an offsite visit and it is vital we have permission to take your child offsite in order for them to attend this day of the workshop. More information about the visit will be provided closer to the event.

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

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

Our workshops and courses for ages 15-18 ‘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

  • £250 excluding booking fee
  • £200 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.