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Little Architect Drawing of a refurbished building with a Zoo garden on the rooftop and birds on the ground by 8 years old girl.

Little Architect

London, 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:

T +44 (0)20 7887 4014
F +44 (0)20 7414 0782
Twitter: @AALittlearchi
Facebook: Little Architect


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?

Architectural Association
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.

Supported by ARTS COUNCIL


Programme Head
Dolores Victoria (Lola) Ruiz Garrido

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

Links & Downloads

Programme site

Social Media


Visiting School Prospectus


The Architectural Association, Inc. is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (No.171402) and registered as a charity (No. 311083). Registered office: 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, 020 7887 4000

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.