Architecture Schools for Children

Photo courtesy of Chiquitectos.com from the workshop “Exploradores del Espacio” [Space Explorers] by the Fundación Telefónica Madrid.

 

The following is a list of architecture schools for children – if you know of others, please get in touch via the “Comments” box below. Also on this site is a list of museums of school and education.

I love the idea that young people might learn about design and architecture for its own sake and for fun. But I also think there’s something more serious about teaching children how to (and that they have a right to) take part in transforming their built world, a form of spatial and environmental literacy perhaps that we could all do with, young and old.

 

Finland

Helsinki – Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth http://arkki.net

 

Germany

Bavaria – The Bavarian Chamber of Architects has a range of events https://www.byak.de/veranstaltungen/architektur-fuer-kinder-und-jugendliche.html [Thanks to Martin Düchs for this].

 

Italy

Sicily – SOU The school of architecture for children www.sou-school.com

 

Japan

Imabari – The architect Toyo Ito has a professional architectural school that includes some sessions for children: http://itojuku.or.jp/about/english/

 

Spain

Madrid but work internationally – Chiquitectos: Workships for kids (and adults) aimed at learning about the built environment and sustainable development through games and play. http://www.chiquitectos.com/

Basque Country – Arkitente http://www.arkitente.org

 

UK

Nationwide – RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) Schools Programme, “RIBA Schools involves both school visits to RIBA HQ in London and outreach where Architecture Ambassadors go into schools and work with young people on design projects.” https://www.architecture.com/education-cpd-and-careers/learning/schools-programme

London – Little Architect: The Architectural Association in the UK Primary Schools, “an education and learning platform for teaching architecture and sustainability in London’s primary schools” http://littlearchitect.aaschool.ac.uk/

 

Online

These are slightly different as they’re resources to support designers’ and researchers’ work with and for children, but since the resources are excellent, it makes sense to include them.

Designing with Children http://designingwithchildren.net/ Essentially a database of case studies presenting designs that were achieved by young people working with professionals.

Architektur für Kinder http://www.architekturfuerkinder.ch/ This is very different – an online archive as part of a research project on the history of playgrounds by Gabriela Burkhalter but again, the resources are so good, it seemed a good idea to include it in this list.

Engaging Places – architecture and the built environment as a learning resource (PDF, 1.1 MB). A document produced by CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) and the Architecture Centre Network.

 

Children Directing Traffic
Who’s in charge of space? Berlin, May 2017.
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