Find out from Elizabeth Grant about the exciting events that took place at the RIBA over February half term…

Participant at the RIBA family workshop

Participant at the RIBA family workshop, February 2014

The RIBA headquarters was buzzing last week as children, young people and families took part in a week of workshops marking the start of The Brits Who Built the Modern World exhibition season and the opening of the new Architecture Gallery at 66 Portland Place.

Workshop participant sketching in the exhibition galleries, RIBA, February 2014

Workshop participant sketching in the exhibition galleries, RIBA, February 2014

A team of RIBA educators and dedicated student volunteers led workshops for ages 7-18 over the course of the week. The workshops drew on material from the RIBA’s rich collections to investigate key themes of the Brits exhibition. Workshop participants had plenty of opportunity to explore the exhibition and our iconic headquarters while practicing new drawing and model-making skills and techniques.

Workshop participants discussing the exhibition and their work, RIBA, February 2014

Workshop participants discussing the exhibition and their work, RIBA, February 2014

On Friday Florence Hall was transformed as reimagined landscapes for three global cities – London, Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro – took shape over the course of the day. Holly, age 11, said her ‘favourite thing was probably thinking about the use of my stadium and how it would look in Rio de Janeiro,’ while Daniel, age 7, said, ‘I enjoyed building my tower because it was fun being creative making stairs and putting all the detail in.’

Talented young designer and her work, Family workshop, RIBA, February 2014

Talented young designer and her work, Family workshop, RIBA, February 2014

Throughout the week, participants were asked, ‘What is good architecture?’ Here is what our architects of the future think:

Visit our website for listings of upcoming Easter holiday workshops (14-17 April and 22-25 April) and other practical learning opportunities at the RIBA.

 

Article by Dr Elizabeth Grant
Head of Education and Outreach, British Architectural Library, RIBA

About Wilson Yau
I work for the British Architectural Library at the RIBA as part of a team to share news, images and information online about the activities of the Library and the fascinating items we have in our architectural collections – it contains over four million items, so there's plenty to see! If you’re curious about what we do at the Library and with the collections, or want to discover the latest about our education programmes, public events and exhibitions at the RIBA, please visit www.architecture.com

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