image004-4image003-4image002-6Join 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.


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 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.


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:

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


We Live in the Office - A Commission by Giles Round
We Live in the Office – A Commission by Giles Round

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.

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