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Open-City Architecture in Schools 2019

Alison Cheng, Anthony Grieveson and Jonathan Shaw are participating in Open-City Architecture in Schools 2019 and iRAL are delighted to be partnered with Five Elmes primary school in Dagenham.

Year 6 students and staff enjoyed a visit to the award-winning Royal Academy of Music and will participate in two design workshops in June, led by iRAL, to create a portfolio of work and an architectural model in response to the Open-City Architecture in Schools ‘Smarter City’ design brief.

Classes can then submit their portfolios and models to an inter-school competition. The top three entries are transformed into professional architectural models and go on public display in Canary Wharf’s Crossrail Roof Garden.

In the last week of the summer term representatives from each participating class are also invited to an awards and preview event in East Wintergarden hosted by the Canary Wharf Group.

Architecture in Schools is a creative and cross-curricular programme for primary school pupils in years 4, 5 & 6. The programme aims to train teachers on how architecture and related subjects can be used to teach a variety of core subjects including Art, Design, Numeracy, Literacy, Geography and Science whilst improving children’s drawing, model-making, communication and problem- solving skills. The aim of the programme is to inspire the next generation of city-shapers and for participants to understand how architecture and design informs the world around us.