Looking for something for kids to do this October half term?

Join the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London this October half-term for a range of activities for all the family. All the learning events are inspired by the RIBA’s current exhibition ‘We all Live in the Office. A commission by artist Giles Round’ and are led by professional educators.

Chose from Design Quest workshops for 6 to 10 year olds, a Design Day for 11 to 15 year olds, or the Skill Up workshops for 15 to 18 year olds; all happening between 24 and 28 October at 66 Portland Place, London, W1.

DESIGN QUEST: FOR 6 TO 10 YEAR OLDS Our Design Quest workshops are a fun introduction to architecture. £35 (£20 – eligible for free school lunch). Online booking essential.   • Design Quest: Office Mugs, Tuesday 25 October Paint and take home your own mug inspired by great architects and artists. • Design Quest: The 2016 Starling Prize, Wednesday 26 October Inspired by the annual RIBA Stirling Prize, build a home for an animal family. And the Starling Prize goes to…YOU! • Design Quest: Sew Cool, Thursday 27 October Try some architecturally inspired printing on fabric and stitch a cuddly version of your favourite building. • Design Quest: Wallpaper Wow, Friday 28 October Collage, print and stencil your own wallpaper before bringing it to life in a shadow puppet show.

DESIGN DAY: FOR AGES 11 TO 15 Design Days take architectural design a step further. £35 (£20 – eligible for free school lunch). Online booking essential. • Design Day: Print Shop, Monday 24 October 2016 It’s the one-stop RIBA print shop! Use your favourite facades as inspiration to design and print your own tote bag to take home. • Design Day: Funky Facades,  Thursday 27 October 2016 Is architecture art? Ponder as you glaze your own architectural masterpiece on a take-away tile.  • Design Day: Architectural Mishmash, Friday 28 October 2016 Turn buildings inside-out as you mix and match interiors and exteriors.

SKILL UP: FOR 15 TO 18 YEAR OLDS Designed to ‘Skill Up’ teenagers who are thinking about studying architecture or design. £35 (£20 – eligible for free school lunch). Online booking essential. • Skill Up: Photo Finish, Monday 24 October What’s in a picture? Explore architecture through the camera lens and glaze your favourite shot onto ceramics to take home. • Skill Up: Streetscape, Tuesday 25 October Explore how artists use a building as a blank canvas before creating your own artwork using street art techniques. • Skill Up: Abstract Architectural Mash Up, Wednesday 26 October Be inspired by the exhibition as you mix and match architectural styles and features in your own digital creation.

Booking Information: Email: Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3703 (phone line open Tuesday to Friday) W: 

We Live in the Office – A Commission by Giles Round The Architecture Gallery, RIBA   22 September 2016 – 5 February 2017

This autumn the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presents a new commission by multi-disciplinary artist Giles Round. Round was invited to explore the RIBA Collections, and through extensive research has created an exhibition for the Architecture Gallery that focuses our attention on one of the most familiar and unavoidable architectural features of the city: the façade.

Inspired by the work of a wide-range of architects represented in the RIBA’s world-class architectural collections, Round explores the increasing tension between the static exterior and changing interior of the architecture around us. He highlights the aesthetic qualities of facades in their original conception, and the subsequent contemporary use and reuse of these buildings.  Round also explores the ways in which we currently ‘collect’ and preserve facades, creating an archive of buildings in real space and time.

Original works of iconic façades by Berthold Lubetkin, Venturi Scott Brown and Jane Drew feature in the exhibition alongside representation and re-appropriation of  façades from other architectural periods with unique graphic qualities – from Greek Revival and Art Nouveau, to Modern and postmodern architecture. A key component of the exhibition is the transformation of the gallery to a production studio. Here, façades from a ‘stylebook’ compiled from RIBA’s Collections are applied to architectural sculptures that mimic the structure of buildings. Over the course of the exhibition period these will form an installation recognisable to visitors as an assembly of façades – a new city scape. The sculptures will be on sale in the gallery during the exhibition period. The exhibition is sponsored by Wedge Group Galvanising and is supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation. The RIBA has worked closely with Wysing Arts Centre in the collaboration with Giles Round.

Notes to editors:

1. For further information and installation images contact Nicola Osmond-Evans in the RIBA press office:; 020 7307 3813.

2. Images from the RIBA Collections that have inspired aspects of the installation can be downloaded here:

3.  The Architecture Gallery at RIBA is open from 10am – 5pm Monday to Sunday and until 8pm every Tuesday, free entrance. RIBA is at 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD. Nearest tubes are Oxford Circus, Regent’s Park and Great Portland Street. The exhibition is part of a RIBA season of wide ranging events and workshops, designed for all ages and experience levels. For further information go to 

4. The Architecture Gallery opened in February 2014 in the RIBA’s Grade II* listed Art Deco HQ. Through regular, free exhibitions that explore the past, present and future of our built environment the gallery programme will help visitors discover and explore architecture. The gallery offers the opportunity for the RIBA to display its world class collections contained in the British Architectural Library.

5. About the exhibition sponsors: with nearly 150 years of history Wedge Group Galvanizing is the UK’s largest hot dip galvanizing organisation. They have 14 plants around the UK which are designed and equipped to set industry-leading standards for sustainability and low environmental impact. For further information go to:

6. For further information about Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation go to:

7. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members Follow us on Twitter for regular RIBA updates @RIBA    

8. The RIBA is a registered charity and it relies on the generosity of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations to preserve its world-class collections, to maintain free public access to its exhibitions and develop a diverse and exciting public events programme.

9. Wysing Arts Centre, established in 1989, develops new ways to support artists and enables art and ideas to engage a wide range of people in unexpected ways. Programmes include artistic residencies, retreats, study days, summer schools, courses, programmes for young people, schools and families as well as an experimental music festival. In 2011 Giles Round was an artist-in-residence at Wysing and has since created new commissions and curated the exhibition The Influence of Furniture on Love, 2014.

Posted on Friday 21st October 2016

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