Children, young people and families

We are passionate about connecting the next generation with architecture and placemaking. 

The Architecture Centre is a national leader in place-based learning and offers a wide range of creative experiences to inspire children and young people to learn about and through buildings and places.

Architecture is an inspiring focus for learning and engagement: it is something everyone has experience of; a meaningful context to explore locality and sense of place; and a varied art form involving both technical skill and creativity.

Children and families

We welcome families to our gallery and aim to encourage more families to enjoy architecture and design, by:

  • providing family friendly activities to accompany all exhibitions
  • delivering regular family friendly activities that are free to attend
  • providing family friendly resources online and in our gallery
  • participating in Bristol’s annual Family Arts Festival.

We also work with children and young people to involve them in design decisions about the places in which they live, learn and play – helping to produce inspiring buildings that are respected, instill a sense of ownership, and are fit for purpose.  We are co-founders of the Child Friendly City campaign, championing young people’s voices in shaping the city.

The Architecture Centre is also an Arts Award Supporter and committed to the Family Arts Standards.

Find family events in our What’s on section.

Young people and careers

We help young people to develop the skills and confidence that will enhance their future employability, and find out about the huge range of rewarding built environment career options.

Our Shape My City youth programme targets those who are under-represented in the built environment professions: girls and young people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Generation Place is our national web platform for promoting youth participation in place-making.

We work with UWE Bristol to encourage wider participation in built environment higher education, and take part in the annual Your Green Future careers workshop.

To find out more search for young people in What we do. Visit our Resources section to find out more about built environment careers.

Schools and learning resources

The built environment provides a wide array of opportunities for learning and can be used to enrich almost every area of the school curriculum.

We produce a range of teaching resources for use inside and outside the classroom, which can be freely downloaded from our Resources section. We support Place-Based Learning through the Bristol Cultural Education Partnership.

We also work directly with schools on specific programmes, targetting this work in areas of disadvantage. Current programmes include Bristol Doors Open Days for Schools.

“Shape My City changed my life and I am grateful for the doors it helped open for me and others. It greatly increased my passion for architecture and cemented my decision to pursue a career in the field.” Hani Salih