NLA Learning have had a busy start to 2019 welcoming 24 school groups during the winter term to a range of workshops supported by volunteers from NLA’s membership.
This included a collaboration with the City of London Police to offer design workshops linked to the Secure Cities exhibition at The City Centre and a Sketch-Up workshop inspired by NLA’s recent research Factory Made Housing: A Solution for London? After its launch in November 2018 we continued to offer our Tall Buildings Engineering session working with volunteers from Buro Happold and AKT II to deliver these workshops linked to maths GCSE. We also launched our Work Experience pilot programme with five employers signed up to provide work placements, supported by our team for Year 12 from Brampton Manor Academy in July including PDP London, Cundall, Kier, Sir Robert McAlpine and Ash Sakula.
Just before Easter we partnered with Lendlease to deliver a bespoke Year 10 Geography workshop as part of NLA’s Euston On Location. 30 students from Hampstead School were introduced to Lendlease’s vision for the future of the station and used a tour of the area led by their team as a chance to learn about this key case study for regeneration in London.
In February half-term we ran a series of events for young people including a short course in urban design, a one-off Sketch-Up workshop and a careers advice and networking event focused on careers in property. More recently we launched a complimentary out of hours offer for younger kids, aged 8-12yrs, our new Saturday Club held monthly at The Building Centre. This series, free for children to attend, will be supported by volunteers from the NLA membership and include model talks, workshops, architecture tours and other practical activities inspired by our new London galleries.
This term we are particularly excited to be working with the London Real Estate Forum to deliver a Lego inspired design project for primary schools where pupils in Year 5 will get the chance to work with volunteer architects and engineers to learn about the London Plan and come up with their own vision for the future of London. We are also delighted to be able to offer 150 student places to our LREF Schools Conference on 11 June where groups will get exclusive access to the exhibition before it opens to delegates and hear from a range of inspiring speakers about careers in the built environment.
By Lettie McKie, Head of Learning, NLA