Architecture and Young People

Architecture and Young People

The future quality and sustainability of our built environment will be determined by the children and young people of today as the clients, consumers and decision-makers of tomorrow. 

The RIAI offers a range of resources to help teachers, parents, mentors and Architects to bring architecture into the classroom at primary and secondary school level.

This section provides access to materials, resources and programmes for primary and secondary school teachers, working either in collaboration with Architects or on their own, to help young people understand architectural design and the process by which their environment is shaped.

'The Power of Design' - A Junior Achievement Ireland Programme

The Power of Design is schools programme developed by Junior Achievement Ireland in association with Dublin City Council. The programme, which uses a learning by doing methodology aims to demonstrate, to primary and second level students, design’s positive impact on social cultural and economic life.  Workshops take place in the classroom and are delivered by design volunteers from the working world.  

RIAI Transition Year Programme

This RIAI Guide supports Architectural Practices who take on Transition Year Students. The RIAI guide is a framework for a one-week transition year student placement in an Architect’s office.

RIAI Shaping Space Educational Resource

Shaping Space is an education resource designed to help teachers encourage young people to consider and explore a range of social, environmental, technical and aesthetic issues related to architecture and the built environment.

Starting with their own homes and communities, the programme invites students to look at different types of buildings and towns, explore planning, design, materials, building technology, conservation and preservation in Ireland and in other societies and other ages. 

The programme can be adjusted to suit the needs of individual schools and students, and its format ensures that any school can include a single module or a year-long course within the academic year.