Little ArchitectLondon, UK
Ongoing from January 2014
What is Little Architect?
Architecture surrounds us from the moment we are born and it will accompany and house us throughout our entire lives. Little Architect is an education and learning platform for teaching architecture in London’s primary schools and is part of the Visiting School programme, at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.
The programme aims to teach children how to observe, understand and enjoy architecture and the built world and to become part of a more sustainable future. Our in-school projects and workshops are organised around interesting, creative and fun, cross-curricular activities for five to nine-year-olds. They provide an opportunity for students to think and communicate about buildings and cities through experimentation and drawing.
Prominent features of the workshop:
Little Projects develops one of seven activities in-depth over three 90-minute visits to your school. Activities are directly related to architecture and sustainability and all tasks have been created especially for KS1 and KS2 students. These multi-day lessons allow students to deeply explore and question the topics addressed in class.
Little Workshops takes place in one 90-minute school visit. Content is similar to the Projects, but key concepts are covered in a shorter amount of time.
Our lessons have been designed for a whole classroom (for a maximum 30 children at a time).
- Two or more AA tutors will work closely and interactively with all children
- Ideally the class teacher will be with the tutors during the activity so that they can discuss the content and evolve the children’s ideas following the workshop
- They will have homework to do between lessons! We will ask the class to look at buildings while out in the city, especially their shapes and materials
- Activities are always focused on a combination of individual and group exercises
- Multimedia presentations and explanations are all directly related to architecture and sustainability and all the tasks and related information have been created especially for KS1 and KS2 students, using some of their favourite references to learn about buildings and cities
Both programmes have the following objectives:
- Promote observation skills
- Foster creativity and enjoyment of the built environment
- Understand the importance of drawing as a communication tool
- Promote eco-friendly behaviour
- Develop commitment to a more sustainable future
- Increase drawing and sketching habits outside of the curriculum
- Teach in a holistic, integrated and interdisciplinary way
- Learn about energy, urban flora and fauna, heritage, urban food, water, buildings, transport
Nothing is ugly or beautiful; everything is fascinating and fun!
Our team is always working to provide new programmes. Here are some of our current workshops and projects:
- Skyline Crown
- City of a Thousand Pieces
- Flying City
- Rethinking your School
- Future City Mural
- Making your own Architecture Book
- Our Future Local Area
If you want Little Architect to come to your school please contact us at:
We will develop custom programmes and fees depending on your school’s requirements and the number of visits. All activities include at least two DBS certified AA tutors visiting your school.
Where are we?
36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES
T +44 (0)20 7887 4000 F +44 (0)20 7414 0782
Dolores Victoria (Lola) Ruiz Garrido:
CEO at Semisótano Arquitectos. Her award-winning projects include the Church in Roquetas de Mar, the Tetris House (Spanish Biennial X and XI) or Europan 7 (Latvia). She tries to bridge architectural understanding and people through culture and sustainability. She has taught sustainable architecture to children (Future Cities Project) in institutions such as the Islington Museum, and the Hugh Myddelton Primary School. Lola is currently the general secretary of ASA, the biggest sustainable association for architects in Spain. She was AA Summer School tutor in 2012 and 2013.