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. Colin Ward is a very interesting figure in this respect – an architect and later the Education Officer for the Town and Country Planning Association, Ward was keenly interested in how young people might engage with the built and natural world around them and matched that with concrete initiatives to make it happen.
Innsbruck – Bilding, Kunst und Architekturschule https://www.bilding.at/
Helsinki – Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth http://arkki.net
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].
Sicily – SOU The School of Architecture for Children www.sou-school.com
Imabari – The architect Toyo Ito has a professional architectural school that includes some sessions for children: http://itojuku.or.jp/about/english/
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
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/
London – Matt + Fiona who “ask young people how their built environment might be improved and empower them to bring that vision to life” http://mattandfiona.org/
London – as part of their work designing, making and doing, the creative Co-DB team also run projects with and for young people: http://www.co-db.uk/kids.html
London – Archimake, the “Young people’s architecture and engineering academy”: http://archimake.org
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.