Benefactor's Education Fund


Did you learn about architecture at school?

For young people especially, learning about how buildings and places are made can completely transform how they see the world. It can introduce them to new people and places, help them to develop new life skills and creativity as well as develop career opportunities.

"Most of our students think of architecture as a 'closed' profession, which requires 'connections' in order to access. Open-City's programmes have helped Abdi and others realise that they do have the skills and talents needed to enter the profession."

Anthony Fitzpatrick, Higher Education coordinator at St Paul's Way Trust School, Tower Hamlets

As London's leading education charity for the built environment, Open-City aims to inspire young people to learn about their city. We do this through a range of initiatives inside and outside school that we have run over the past 17 years, including:

Architecture in Schools - a curriculum-linked annual programme that to date has enabled 15,000 primary and secondary state school pupils to enhance their understanding of architecture and the environment, through inspiring building explorations and creative workshops with architects and our education team.

Archikids Festival - a festival in the City of London giving 3000 children and families every year the opportunity to explore the Square Mile's great buildings and public spaces with fun and free activities, workshops and trails.

Accelerate into University - a pioneering mentoring programme developed in association with our partners UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture and Make Architects, with the goal of widening the diversity of the architecture profession. Thirty students from London state schools per year gain invaluable year-long professional mentoring and advice, and develop new skills to support their ambitions to pursue a career in the built environment.

Find out more about our education projects here.

Download our Education and Skills booklet here.

Join our Education Fund and help us inspire more young people

Over the next 3 years we aim to enhace our role as the leading provider of architecture education for young people. Our priorities are to:

  • give every London child the opportunity to experience their city's most impressive architecture for free
  • enable more disadvantaged young people to join the built environment professions
  • inspire families to enage in their city in fun and innovative ways
  • provide a great resource for all

As a charity we are entirely reliant on funding from individuals and companies.

If you are specifically interested in supporting our Education initiatives, you can make a donation towards our Education Fund. We recognise that practices of different sizes would like to support us and have introduced a tiered-donation structure (£500 for small-medium practices and £1000 for large practices). Contact Freya Healey via email or on 0207 383 0782 to find out more.

"The model making workshop supported children in developing their communication and team working skills. The designing tasks supported children in maths as they learned about scale and measures."

Rebecca Cherot, Year 5 teacher, Thorpe Hall, participated in Architecture in Schools:Primary, 2013

Archikids Education Fund Supporting Practices
Aukett Swanke
Ec3 Legal
Stanton Williams



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British Land

"The feedback from our project partner businesses, local politicians, volunteers and the children and families has been exceptional in its praise and appreciation for the quality of experience, outcomes and care that Open-City have provided to them in delivering this programme."
Victor Callister, Assistant Director Environmental Enhancement, Department of Built Environment

“It (running an Archikids activity) has encouraged me to pursue other education projects through my practice, as seeing some of the activities and reasons behind Archikids has reminded me of the value of getting people excited about the built environment from a young age."
Emma Swarbrick, RAE