Schools Programmes

Junior Open House workshop sessionThe built environment is rich with potential and Open-City education programmes are developed to realise this full potential through exploration, creativity, direct experience and partnerships with schools and architectural practices.

Open-City has been delivering architecture education programmes for over 15 years and works with over 3,000 young people a year. Our initiatives aim to broaden horizons and enrich curriculum activities, especially in design education.

This section tells you in more detail about current schools programmes. We work with primary and secondary schools right across the capital:

Architecture in Schools: Primary
is our annual programme for primary schools.

Architecture in Schools: Secondary
is our annual programme for secondary schools.

Accelerate into University!
is a mentoring programme for students in year 12 at London state schools, delivered in partnership with UCL and Make Architects, to widen access to higher education built environment-related courses.

My Green School
is an initiative to give children aged 7 to 11 across the UK the opportunity to learn about, and be inspired by, sustainable architecture through first hand investigations of their own school building and creative curriculum-linked activities.

Five of the core primary subjects are explored through architecture in our Key Stage 2 Curriculum-Linked Interactive Lessons. The Teachers Guide and Lessons can be downloaded for free here.

The intiative also led to the inspiring My Green School Eco-Design Competition which challenged primary school age designers to come up with their own environmentally friendly school building.

Get Involved

For guidance or more information, please email Venetia Wolfenden or call 020 3006 7008.   


View the exciting eco-friendly school designs in the My Green School Gallery, created by primary school students from across the UK

Available and FREE to download: Open-City's My Green School Curriculum-Linked Lessons


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