RIBA Teaching Resources Designed by Leeds Beckett Architecture Student
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have released a set of resources inspiring Key Stage 2 school pupils to explore the world around them designed by a Leeds Beckett Architecture student.
Final year postgraduate student and employee in Project Office, the Architecture School’s in-house RIBA Chartered practice, Graham Davey designed the resources with teaching collaborator Nancy O’Brien following his work as an RIBA Ambassador, visiting schools in deprived areas to discuss architecture and the built environment.
The series of tools allow pupils to learn about the world and its people, and begin to understand that place making relates to locality, as well as to regional, national and world geographies. The notion is key to creating environments which welcome anyone and everyone for place making is central to how our towns and cities are designed and built, and to the way they evolved in the past.
Learning about the relationship between physical and human processes helps to shape pupils’ geographical understanding. A contextual knowledge of their own location can reinforce this and bring the curriculum into focus.
Davey reflected on his involvement, “I’m interested in enabling communities, especially children, to create better living conditions and built environments for themselves. The work with RIBA ties in with my architecture studies where I’m working with Real Junk Food Project to widen their scope and reach. The construction industry needs to do so much more to help improve the lives of those inhabiting forgotten areas, and I’m promoting that through my actions and efforts.”
Craig Stott (MEng, BArch, MA, ARB) is a Project Office co-director, Architect and Senior Architecture Lecturer at the Leeds School of Architecture, Leeds Beckett University.