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RIBA Architecture Ambassadors @ Rushey Mead Academy

Members of the Hickman & Smith team have been involved in the RIBA’s National Schools Programme as Architecture Ambassadors. The programme aims at engaging young people in architecture and empowering them to have an opinion about the built environment and make their voice heard.

RIBA Architecture Ambassadors @ Rushey Mead Academy

We partnered with Rushey Mead Academy in Leicester and spent a fantastic day working with Year 8 students in an all-day workshop about sustainability in architecture. We were joined by Katy Wade, Schools Programme Co-Ordinator for RIBA.

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In the morning session we looked at the impact of the construction industry on the environment and how architecture can respond to the challenge of climate change, focusing on passive design, green features and material selection in different contexts and environments. In the afternoon, students put what they had learnt to the test, designing and building their own models of sustainable homes.

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The students created an impressive array of model homes, demonstrating great understanding of how buildings can be designed and adapted to be more environmentally friendly. They showed excellent team-working skills and thoroughly engaged with the task. The students at Rushey Mead Academy were an absolute delight to work with and we hope that they enjoyed the day as much as we did!

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We are hoping to showcase the students’ models at this year’s Love Architecture festival, taking place in October in collaboration with Design Season 2. For more information about the festival, keep an eye out on twitter for updates from the Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects https://twitter.com/architectsLRSA and Design Season 2 https://twitter.com/DesignSeason2

Blog written by Laura Hickman.