Open City - Architecture in Schools Programme

Added on by Jo Townshend.

In early March, Jo Townshend Architects took part in Open City's Architecture in Schools Programme. A group of year 5 students from Eltham joined the JTA team along with Valeene Preddie from Bell Associates at The Conservatoire in Blackheath to learn about scale and architectural drawing conventions.

The students were taken around the Grade II listed Music and Art buildings before discussing the importance of structure, the joy of materiality and the range of emotions that different spaces can present. After finding various elements of the buildings to draw in plan, section and elevation, the students drew around each other and used scale rulers to recreate their lifesize drawings at scales of 1:10 and 1:100. 

The students produced some brilliant drawings and were rewarded for their hard work with delicious chocolate brownies, provided by Martin from the Brockley Deli.

We were very pleased to have been invited to take part in this event by Open City, understanding the importance of providing education through practical activities in real working environments.

The crossover between art, science and maths didn't seem to put off any of the students giving it their all and two went away with the decision made that they were going to be architects when they left school!

Many thanks to Sophie Draper from Open City for inviting us to take part in the event.