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​National Schools Programme: Become a RIBA Architecture Ambassador

Architecture Ambassadors are RIBA architect members who inspire the next generation through partnering with schools on our National Schools Programme.

Architecture Ambassador and students in the RIBA's National Schools Programme. Credit: Paul Cochrane / RIBA, British Architectural Library

If you are an architect, architectural assistant or student who would like to share your skills and knowledge in school, we would like to hear from you.

RIBA Architecture Ambassadors are architectural professionals who volunteer to partner with schools to inspire one or more classes about the potential of the built environment. Ambassadors empower children and young people to have an opinion on architecture and make their voice heard in the debate.

Every term we run Architecture Ambassador partnerships in London and in different geographical regions. Typically, a partnership will involve the teacher and Architecture Ambassador working together with RIBA Learning to develop a project for a group of students at the school. Projects often focus on a curriculum-linked design brief relating to the school site, a theme being explored in class, or the local area. Architecture Ambassadors then go into school to deliver one or more workshops linked to this topic.

Projects vary from one half-day workshop to weekly sessions throughout a half term and the duration is agreed between the Architecture Ambassador(s) and the teacher(s) during project development. As part of the project, Architecture Ambassadors are welcome to host a visit to one of their buildings or sites (if appropriate – RIBA Learning can offer guidance on this) or another local venue. For partnerships participating within reach of London, school groups can take part in a hands-on, creative workshops at 66 Portland Place.

There are a limited number of Architecture Ambassador partnerships available each term. The partnerships are open to primary and secondary schools and are offered free of charge.

Architecture Ambassador and student in the RIBA's National Schools Programme. Credit: Paul Cochrane / RIBA, British Architectural Library

RIBA Learning support Ambassadors throughout the duration of the partnership and provide training before visiting a school. We also provide an opportunity for Architecture Ambassadors and teachers to meet and plan their project in advance of any sessions with children.

Participation in the National Schools Programme counts towards official RIBA CPD for architects and architectural assistants. Feedback from participants during the pilot suggests it is a highly enjoyable and positive experience.

Architecture Ambassadors targets different geographical areas each term. Below are the places we are currently delivering the scheme and accepting volunteers for. To apply please complete the correct registration form for the area you would like to enrol with. If you are outside of these areas but would like to take part in the future please email

Upcoming placements – open for applications

Spring 2020

Current placements

Autumn 2019

  • London
  • Norwich
  • Bristol
  • Liverpool
  • Newcastle

Past placements

Summer 2019

  • London
  • Oxford
  • Manchester

Spring 2019

  • London
  • Birmingham/Wolverhampton
  • Leicester

Architecture Ambassadors and students in the RIBA's National Schools Programme. Credit: RIBA, British Architectural Library

Imagining the city of the future with Freehaus

This summer RIBA Chartered Practice, Freehaus partnered with Rokesly School for a series of workshops with almost 100 primary school children. Freehaus are RIBA Architecture Ambassadors - RIBA members who inspire the next generation through partnering with local schools as part of the RIBA National Schools Programme. In this series of workshops Freehaus worked with students to think about alternative transport, and imagine a London without cars.

Find out more about Freehaus' experience as RIBA Architecture Ambassadors.

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