Building the Future

Our year 10 Built Environment learners were excited to welcome Stanton Williams Architects and RIBA for the launch of The Mayor of London, George Clark and Ministry of Banking, Innovation and Education (MOBIE) competition

The Design Future London Challenge aims to ‘bring the National Curriculum to life and inspire a new generation of Londoners to learn about the built environment, "By working with schools to deliver the Built Environment curriculum in a hands-on way, and linked to industry." 

A team of seven architects from Stanton Williams (Oliver Kindervater, Andrew Morris, Rozita Rahman, Jamie Kelly, James Shackleton, Roberta Marcaccio, Emily De Ste Croix), and Sophie Draper from RIBA led the session where they gave our learners the opportunity to partake in the skills needed to become an architect. 

The main go al of the session was to explore site analysis and its effects on the design of a proposed construction. Learners gained a range of invaluable skills and experiences including how to carry out etchings, sketching activities and measuring the site photography of a proposed site.

Year 10 learner Iustin particularly benefitted from the session’s practical application of architectural techniques: "I really enjoyed the sketching activity and the part when we did the scaling with Andrew. I learned a lot about architecture and the techniques used in architecture.” 

Saberie, another learner, was also engaged by our guest speakers’ teaching style: “I enjoyed talking to the architects and the scaling section of activities with Andrew because they seemed very down-to-earth and easy to talk to." Saberie relished the chance to have a taste of a real working environment: "We all worked together as a team, and we had our own roles in the activity."

Their teacher, Famida Noor Mahomed said, "We are delighted that our learners have taken a keen interest in such an amazing challenge, showing a willingness to be a part of building a more sustainable future for London."

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