Budding Architects


Second Year artists have been working with a leading London architect to produce a range of innovative designs on the theme of ‘shelter’.

The project is part of a scheme initiated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to introduce young people to architecture.

Philip Wells from Design Box Architects spent five weeks with the Hampton pupils, encouraging them to use their imaginations when it came to their designs:


A shelter could be anything, to meet any purpose. It became evident to the students that an architectural solution would draw upon their knowledge of art, maths and science based subjects.

After drawing up designs and 3-D models, the boys then transformed their concepts into large scale models including a garden sun trap, a paintball hide, a reading nook, a star-gazing shelter, a lunar pod and a gaming pod. The end products impressed teachers and Philip alike:

Children are diverse thinkers and their creativity is not as restricted to the preconceptions we have as adults. It was great fun to work with the class and be part of the ‘light bulb’ moments when they realise their designs and how to construct them.

Art teacher, Mrs Stephanie Kirby, thanked Philip for giving so much of his time to the boys and says that the School hopes to run the RIBA project on an annual basis.

Read more about the workshops on Philip Wells’ blog http://dgnbx.blogspot.co.uk/

Photos: Paul Cochrane