Resources and Training

The Open-City learning philosophy is based on the idea that learning about architecture is most effectively developed through direct experience of quality design. We believe that the voice of the architect is critical to understanding architectural ideas and elements and that the function and usability of a building is best explored with a building user.

Consequently, we invite and train teachers, architects and design professionals to work with us to deliver our programmes and develop creative and experiential learning methodologies to engage young people to look, think and respond to their built environment.

The following learning resources have been developed in conjunction with our programmes. For further information please contact Venetia Wolfenden or call 020 3006 7008.

Architects Manual

Guidance for architects and built environment professionals to engage children and young people with their built environment participating in our education programmes


Teachers Manual

A manual to support teaching and learning through the built environment during our education programmes

Model-Making Guide

Simple model making techniques to enable creative learning in architecture for architects and teachers participating in our education programmes


My Green School Curriculum-Linked Lessons

Downloadable lesson plans and interactive slides for exploring sustainability at Key Stage 2 through English, Maths, Science, Geography and Art and Design





Architectives Map

An amazing architecture treasure trail around London for 7 to 12 year olds



For more inspiration, take a look at Open-City's My Green School Gallery. This is a showcase of the winning sustainable school designs, all created by 7 to 11 year olds, as part of Open-City's My Green School nationwide eco-design competition.

- Architecture in Schools: Primary 2016 report
- Junior Open House 2006 report



The changing face of London


Read about all our pioneering programmes designed for people to learn about and advocate for the value of good design through first-hand experience


Regular polls, surveys and research into Londoners' attitudes towards design quality and built environment issues


Find out how Open-City provides independent advice and support to communities 



Supported by Arts Council England