People

Professor, Researcher
University of Helsinki, Finland

Minna's bio
Professor of Educational Sciences Minna Huotilainen is a brain researcher at Helsinki University and one of the most respected voices in neuroscience applied to education in Finland. She applies the latest innovations in brain research to serve educational sciences for further understanding of learning. In her books “Näin aivot oppivat” (This is how the brain learns) and “Tunne aivosi” (Know your brain) she emphasises the role of art and physical education both as a method and content of learning. She has been awarded with J. V. Snellman prize for her work of popularising brain research.

“My research, teaching and dissemination activities are aimed at making neuroscience serve educational sciences for further understanding of learning. Finnish education and research of education are among the best in the world – proud to be part of it.”


Anat Horowitz-Harel

Architect
Co-Founders of ABCity: Children&Urban Planning, Israel

Anat's bio

BArch from the Technion Institute of Technology, Israel (Cum Laude). Promotes planning policy and legislation, as a former representative at the National Planning and Building Council, and currently as a senior researcher at the Israeli Green Building Council. Shany and Anat are the representatives of the Israeli Association of Architects at the UIA WG Arch & Children. Both are the Co-Founders of ABCity: Children&Urban Planning, an initiative aiming to promote education for active civic involvement in urban planning.

City as a School – Learning by Playing

Abstarct of the talk and workshop

The city is a vast resource of human, physical, technological and cultural assets. It has the potential of stimulating curiosity, creation, discovery, and learning. The city is a significant educational tool, meeting place and laboratory where children can discover, live, and learn to appreciate their own habitat. Learning that takes place in the urban space is experiential, relevant to life, authentic and enhances the connection to the built environment. Exposing children to the city life and planning issues, will increase awareness, understanding, sense of belonging, involvement, and responsibility for the urban environment and the public space.

At the City as a school project, the city and the public space become a giant game board, a large classroom, when elementary school children go for an outdoor class day, to the nearby urban public space. The pedagogical team creates a unique daily curriculum in math, language, environment, music, art, etc. Motivated by the idea of using the city’s natural assets as teaching tools, the teachers stimulate the children to learn and investigate the city, both intellectually and experimentally, by moving, playing and enjoying the urban built environment.


Andrea Dúll

Environmental psychologist, founder of environmental psychology and environmental communication in Hungary
Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Andrea's bio

Full professor at Institute of Psychology of ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, head of Department of Organisational and Environmental Psychology. Founder of Division of Environmental Psychology in Hungarian Psychological Association. Her main research topics: psychology of built environment, psychological meaning of places, home and homelike environments, environmental communication.

Seeing, Understanding and Changing the Piarist Secondary School of Budapest

Abract of the talk

In spite of high architectural qualities, due to important changes in pedagogy, new expectations of the religious order and teachers and the way children learn and behave today, there is a new need to adjust the historic building of the Piarist Secondary School of Budapest to better fit everyday school life. As a start to the complex redesign, small case interactions are initiated. Problems and positive features were captured through the photographic lenses of students. The almost 400 images served not only as a base for study but turned out to be a playful tool to communicate with students, teachers and architects.
The Piarist Centre was founded 300 years ago in the main tourist centre of the town, on the Danube riverbank. The actual building is 100 years old, and was a university from 1950 till 1990. After 1989, it was reprivatized by the religious order and has been redesigned to fit very different functions. The new school is now situated on the 2nd to the 4th level in Wing ‘A’ of the building, sandwiched between shops, clubs and restaurants on the ground- floor and offices and a chapterhouse in the roof. The redesign won many prices to Chief-Architect János Golda and his team.
The ongoing project focuses on the possibilities of the now large and noisy corridors where there is not much to do and envisions different spatial and functional situations. The project is the co- work of secondary school students, BA, MA and doctorate students of architecture lead by architects and environment psychologists.


Angela Million

Professor of Urban Design and Urban Development & Adjunct Professor
TU Berlin, Germany & Michigan State University, USA

Angela's bio
Dr. Angela Million, née Uttke, is Professor of Urban Design and Urban Development at TU Berlin and Adjunct Professor at MSU. Before she was a researcher at the Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) in Berlin and TU Dortmund, Germany. She studied urban design and planning in Germany, Spain and the US. She holds a Dipl.-Ing. from BTU Cottbus and a PhD from TU Dortmund.

Her research focuses on participatory urban design and building and planning culture (Baukultur), with a special interest in cities as educational settings, children and youth. Furthermore her design research explores multifunctional infrastructure development. Building on her work in the classroom, Dr. Million scholarship includes studies on teaching urban design and visual communication of planning.

She is founding member of JAS Jugend Architektur Stadt e.V., a non-profit association dedicated to architecture and built environment education and participation of children und young people.

BEE or not to BEE: Mapping the field of BEE as future educational landscape

Abstract of the workshop
Built environment education is a wide field of practice. There are people all over the world working in the field of built environment education (BEE) for children. Their backgrounds and their ‘host’ organisations differ widely, from education officers in museums, dedicated architecture centres and the wider cultural/third sector, through design and planning practitioners working either independently or via their professional bodies, to teachers in schools and kindergartens. There is interaction and cooperation between these actors, but also dependencies between different sectors as well as common and unique content and delivery formats.

In our interactive mapping workshop we want to venture into mapping with participants key characteristics of BEE activities and collaboratively discover what conditions and policies help BEE learning landscape in its variety to thrive in the future: How does their BEE learning landscape look like? How it is connected with the other institutional types and medias of learnings (books, youtube, computer games)? Are policies that foster mainly BEE in schools enough? As our ongoing research with children and young people shows learning about architecture and space happens today in many places and many (real + virtual) spaces.

We will also question the lack of joined-up cross-institutional thinking about BEE polices and programs, often resulting in short breath stand-alone initiatives by single national or local governmental institutions.


Carolina Pizarro

Architect, Director
ARQUI-TICOS and Parque Urbano,
Costa Rica

Carolina's bio

Born in Concepción Chile, settled in Costa Rica since 1975, Costarican by naturalization. Lic. in Architecture, with studies at the University of Costa Rica and University of Sciences and Art.
Museographer, Scenographer, Puppeteer, Manager and Producer of
Cultural Activities. Coordinator of the Architecture and Childhood
Commission of the College of Architects of Costa Rica, Coordinator
of the A.N.D.A. Architecture and Childhood of America. Official
representative for Costa Rica of the Work Program Architecture &
Children of the UIA. Director and professor of ARQUI-TICOS of
Costa Rica: Architecture, City and Children in Schools. Co-director
of Parque Urbano, a company dedicated to the design, construction
of playgrounds and public spaces.

Ideas and Actions for the City of Tomorrow – Pura vida!

Abstract of the talk

In the reality of Central American cities in which everything is planned for the car and not for people, we must have a plan to change the current situation, so the school is a very good start.
The talk will go through the present experiences in playful learning with children in Costa Rica developing topics such as, natural and built environment, sustainability, community, spaces among others with the objective of identifying the contributions of children and young people in the sustainable solutions for cities.
It is verified that the children give innovative proposals for a better functioning and quality of life of the cities; give space to question why and how to do it emphasizes the area of awareness, appropriation and humanization of cities, as well as in environmental areas and the use of alternative energies, arts, creativity and culture.


Cristina Llorente

Architect
Arquitectives, Spain

Cristina's bio

Through the EMaC program, in which have already participated more than 5,000 students, Pablo Amor and Cristina Llorente introduce
architecture into the educational system, with the main
objective of initiating children and young people in the study of
the built environment. Besides, they design urban installations
oriented to vitalize the public space and impart university
courses and conferences related to the city, education and the
built environment. Within the field of planning, they coordinate
projects of participatory urbanism, oriented to employ
participation as a real tool of urban design. Since 2012, they are
the Spanish delegates of the UIA’s Architecture & Children
Work Program.

Entrepreneurial, energetic, tenacious and dreamy, Cristina Llorente finds in Built Environment Education a place to dump her best skills: by one hand, her experience in architectural studios, construction companies and public administration; by the other hand, her love for education, theatrical performance and writing. She has a degree in Architecture by the ETSA Barcelona and she has graduated in “City Government: Civil rights and public policy” by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). She is the emotional half of the company, the illusion, the mind that never stops.

Eatable City – The Interplay of Built and Natural Environment

Abstract of the workshop

The interactive workshop EATABLE CITY proposes an experience aimed at introducing, in a playful and simple way, concepts such as resilience, ecodesign, permaculture, biomimicry, urban agroecology, circular economy, collaborative consumption, etc. During the session, we will reflect on the current situation of our built and natural environment, looking for strategies to improve it. The workshop seeks to expand the habitual vision of the environment as a natural environment and to understand the city as an indivisible part in the path towards sustainable and balanced development. In the first part, we will explain the theoretical concepts at a general level and we will introduce Masanobu Fukuoka, inspirer of the project. During the second part, participants will develop their own seed bombs, following a recipe. Finally, the way to plant the seed bombs will be sought, taking into account the climate of Helsinki and the time of year in which the workshop will take place. The general objectives of the sessions are:
• Become aware of the environmental aspects that affect life.
• Recognize the existing equilibria in nature.
• Understand the relationship between the contemporary city and its relationship with the environment and its interaction with the cycles of nature.
• Become aware of the habits of citizens regarding the use of resources.
• Actively intervene in the immediate environment.
• Foster interest in urban agriculture.

Building Inspiring Educational Spaces

Abstract of the talk

In the 5th century BC, the Chinese philosopher Lao-Tsé argued that the most important thing in a glass was not the material that made it, but the empty space that was generated inside. Several centuries later, Eduardo Chillida defined his sculpture with the following quote: “I do not speak of the space that is outside the form, that surrounds the volume, and in which the forms live, but I speak of the space that forms create, that lives in them and that is all the more active the more hidden it acts” . We understand the architectural and urban space as a container, not only of air and uses, but also -and above all- of emotions. The presentation “Building educational spaces” aims to analyze the concept of space from real contexts, its technical, social and spiritual conditions, its representations and its various materializations. During the talk, we will immerse ourselves in the light, in the colors, in the elements that configure it. In the memories and sensations it provokes… And in how, through simple techniques, we can transform them into an active part of learning, in places that promote creativity and experimentation. Finally, we will expose various works carried out by Arquitectives that aim to generate such educating spaces.


Eeva Astala

Archinfo, Finland

Eeva's bio
Eeva Astala is an expert at Archinfo Finland focusing on reinforcing the status and visibility of architecture in society. Archinfo Finland makes Finnish architecture visible and known in Finland and abroad. It is an intermediary organisation in the field of architecture. Promoting architecture education is a part of Astala’s social advocacy work. Astala has extensive experience as an architectural specialist and educator: E.g. in 2016-2017 she took part in creating the new national curriculum of architecture for basic education in the arts. She has also developed interdisciplinary learning modules, produced educational material for basic education and worked as an architecture and visual arts educator. Her view of architecture is social and human-centred. She believes that architecture plays a key role in terms of a sustainable future.

Architecture within the Finnish Educational Systems

Abstract of the workshop
Basic education in the arts is provided primarily for children and young people on an extracurricular basis.
Basic education in the different fields of art progresses in a goal-oriented manner from one level to the next and provides students with the skills to express themselves as well as the ability to apply for vocational training and education or higher education in this field
Architecture is part of the National Core Curriculum in Finland since 1993 has to do with the integrated unity of aesthetics, utility, functionality, technology and ecology. It has plenty of connections with technical, mathematical and social subjects

Elena Karpilova

Head of Architectural Thinking School for Children, Belarus

Elena's bio

Was born 1987 in Minsk, Belarus. Studied at State Colledge of Fine Arts (artist, pedagogue). Studied at Belarusian State University of Arts (art critic, pedagogue). Worked as a curator of international projects at Belarusian Union of Designers. From 2009 work with children at state and private organisations. At 2016 with partner Alexander Novikov established an Architectural Thinking School for Children, an independent after school organization which aim is to study huge range of discipline with an instruments of contemporary architect.

Architectural Thinking as a Tool to Understand the Contemporary World

Abstract of the talk

Architectural Thinking School for Children (aschool.by) teaches architectural thinking as a tool to understand the contemporary world. Founded in 2016 by architect Alexander Novikov and art critic and designer Elena Karpilova as an institution for additional education, the school is located in Minsk, Belarus where extra-curricular education can play a decisive role in a child’s future development filling the gap of knowledges children miss in state schools with outdated methods remained from Soviet past.
There are 16 studios at the school (architecture, contemporary art, sculpture, object de-sign, storytelling, graphic design, psychology, biology, sociology, politology, economics…). Each represents a separate discipline and is tutored by practicing professionals. Today there are around 50 tutors and 90 students at the school. The main program takes place over two years. The first year is dedicated to systems thinking with each semester dedicated to one big project (architecture, book, cinema). Students complete each big project by progressing through a range of different studios. The second year is dedicated to research of city through the lenses of different disciplines (biology, sociology, politology, art…) and making their own speculations regarding the future of the city. The result is an interactive map available online: http://minskeye.by/ We have various program of workshops which we organize in Belarus and abroad. Participated in Future Architecture conference (2018), Belgrade Architectural Week (2018), Architectural Summer School in Graz (2018) etc.


Ewa Struzynska

Architect, Painter
Architecture & Children Work Programme, France

Ewa's bio

Ewa Struzynska is an architect and a painter. French member of the International Union of Architects (UIA), former director of the Architecture & Children Work Programme. Her job includes promoting architecture education, contributing to the development of database and
teaching material, organising seminars, events and workshops and participating in conferences and
colloquiums. She participated in several international conferences, seminars and UIA congresses (Paris,
Weimar, Vienna, Torino, Helsinki, Ankara, Zagreb, San José Costa Rica, Stockholm, Durban, Tokyo and
Seoul) focused on Architecture & Children and Build Environment Education in and out of school.
She launched in 2010 an International Award “UIA Architecture & Children Golden Cubes Awards” which
honour people and organizations that help children and young people to understand architecture. She published in magazines.
Ewa Struzynska graduated in architecture from Ecole
Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and has a
private practice in Paris since 1981.

UIA: Charter for Built Environment Education for Children and Youth

Abstract of the talk

Education about the built environment takes on critical importance in today’s world as a vital component of cultural, social, economic and political development. It has the potential to function as a pillar of capacity-building within communities, for the consolidation of harmonious co-existence, sustainable development, democracy, human rights and peace.

The future quality of our lives relies on the coming generations understanding the processes that shape the built environment, and having the knowledge and tools to take wise decisions which take account of their repercussions for the cultural, social, economic and political well-being of their community and of the environment it inhabits.

It is our responsibility – architects together with authorities and lawmakers – to direct our efforts toward initiating, encouraging and facilitating Built-Environment Education on a global scale.
The Charter constitutes a framework providing direction and guidance to governments, authorities, institutions, architects and teachers involved in founding, creating and implementing built environment education.


Hanne Flarup

Art Educator
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark

Hanne's bio

Hanne Flarup (b. 1983). MA in Modern Culture and art educator at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. Hanne has worked with museum education for more than 10 years, always with an explorative, sensuous and creative focus on art and architecture. She is part of the Louisiana Learning department developing workshops, lectures and learning materials for both children and adults. Recently she has been involved in a collaboration between Louisiana, architect Ida Flarup Barnett and two local schools on the project ’Sharing Territories’. She also develops educational workshops exploring both the architecture of Louisiana and the special exhibitions on architecture.

Sharing Territories

Abstract of the workshop

The project ‘Sharing Territories’ (2018) was a collaboration between Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, DK and architect Ida Flarup Barnett consisting of four intense workshop weeks with 100 fifth graders from two local schools.

The aim of the project was to give the children an awareness of architecture as more than singular buildings. Our actions as architects are all part of a cultural heritage and the imprint on the world becomes part of a bigger picture – there is always something before and after us.

With Louisiana as a case, we examined the relationship between body, landscape and architecture. The workshop was formed as a five-part relay – where a series of ‘obstructions’ gave the children a hands-on experience of the complex and exciting field architects navigate within. In pairs the children used their own bodies to produce large wild drawings that they turned into landscapes. Part of the drawn landscape was then transformed to 3D building sites. Each site was given its own ‘local plan’ with specific restrictions. Negotiations with the local council (us) was part of the creative process. Final ‘obstruction’ was to connect all the building sites to one large city structure in a scenario 50 years in the future.

Using Louisiana as case gave us the opportunity to introduce the importance of materiality, light and the interplay between building and context. The theme of time was also exemplified by the way Louisiana is built in many stages as an additive system. Along the way the children were introduced to tools of architectural production, to important factors such as scale, time and the planning system in a playful manner.

Heba Safey Eldeen

Professor of Architecture and Design at MIU 
Founder of Built Environment Education Lab for Children and Youth, Egypt

Heba's bio
Professor of Architecture and Design at Misr International University (MIU) and the American University in Cairo (AUC). Co-Director, Architecture and Children Work Program, International Union of Architects (UIA). Director, House of Egyptian Architecture, Cultural Development Fund, Ministry of Culture. Founder, Architecture and Children – Egypt. Member, Architecture Committee, Supreme council for Culture, Ministry of Culture, Member and Program Coordinator, Society of Egyptian Architects (SEA). Member, Egyptian Society for Culture and Development (ESCD). Presented and published over 50 study on Environment Behavioral Studies, Urban Sociology, Sustainable Design Thinking, Architectural Education and Built Environment Education for Children and Youth, internationally and nationally.

Introducing the UN Sustainable Development Goals for Kids

Abstract of the talk
Based on the publication “An Architectural Guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals” by the Institute of Architecture and Technology, KADK, The Danish Association of Architects and The UIA Commission on the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2018, a project was initiated by Architecture and Children – Egypt, Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Misr International University (MIU); Introducing UN Sustainable Development Goals for Kids. Hosted by the Planetarium Science Center, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, three summer camps were held for kids between 12-16 years old; Camp#1: My Healthy Home = A Happy Life, Camp#2: Zero Energy Building, Camp#3: My Sustainable Community. Through gaming, solving riddles and puzzles, role playing, story telling and a simulation of participatory design processes, the children were introduced to the concepts of sustainability, and the subject matter of the goals. The context of the projects assigned for the three camps was the city of Alexandria, Egypt. More over, and in favor of the camps, some architectural games were developed, like the “archi-bank” and the urban “autobus complet”, and several others. The instructors and trainers were all young volunteers of fresh graduates and students. The pedagogic outcome and the feedback of the project is expected to enrich the talk about “creative education via architecture”.


Ida Flarup Barnett

Architect, Assisting professor and lecturer
Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark

Ida's bio
Ida Flarup Barnett (b. 1978). Ida is trained as an architect in both London and Copenhagen. For the last 10 years she has worked intensely with architectural education programmes for children and young people, while also being a practicing architect. Ida is assisting professor and lecturer at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen. She is an educator at the National Gallery of Denmark and has collaborated with Louisiana Museum of Modern Art on both an architecture school for children and the architectural education project ’Sharing Territories’.
As a practitioner of architecture she has extensive knowledge of the built environment from her role as project architect in the Copenhagen Council to production of own full scale architectural installations.

Sharing Territories

Abstract of the workshop

The project ‘Sharing Territories’ (2018) was a collaboration between Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, DK and architect Ida Flarup Barnett consisting of four intense workshop weeks with 100 fifth graders from two local schools.

The aim of the project was to give the children an awareness of architecture as more than singular buildings. Our actions as architects are all part of a cultural heritage and the imprint on the world becomes part of a bigger picture – there is always something before and after us.

With Louisiana as a case, we examined the relationship between body, landscape and architecture. The workshop was formed as a five-part relay – where a series of ‘obstructions’ gave the children a hands-on experience of the complex and exciting field architects navigate within. In pairs the children used their own bodies to produce large wild drawings that they turned into landscapes. Part of the drawn landscape was then transformed to 3D building sites. Each site was given its own ‘local plan’ with specific restrictions. Negotiations with the local council (us) was part of the creative process. Final ‘obstruction’ was to connect all the building sites to one large city structure in a scenario 50 years in the future.

Using Louisiana as case gave us the opportunity to introduce the importance of materiality, light and the interplay between building and context. The theme of time was also exemplified by the way Louisiana is built in many stages as an additive system. Along the way the children were introduced to tools of architectural production, to important factors such as scale, time and the planning system in a playful manner.


Isavella-Dimitra Karouti

Architect
Arkki, School of Architecture for Children and Youth, Greece

Isavella-Dimitra's bio

Isavella-Dimitra Karouti has been one of the first members of Arkki Greece, teaching in Arkki from 2016. She has been promoting educational play from very early to her studies in architecture, by exploring the spatial qualities of play and the practice of play in public spaces.

Isavella-Dimitra is creating urban games for all ages with or without the use of ICT and has already created games for the European Mobility Week campaign, the Tsitsanis Museum, the municipal library of Trikala and the Ephorate of Antiquities. Some of these games have been presented in conferences in Greece. Besides teaching in Arkki,

Isavella-Dimitra is working at an educational organization with partners all over Europe. She is also preparing her master thesis related to museum education for children, to the Hellenic Open University in the Master program of Cultural Management. In her free time she loves to dance and she has been awarded in contemporary dance competitions in Italy and in Greece.

Leonardo da Vinci  Bridge: Constructing with Reciprocal Frames

Abstract of the workshop

Do you want to build something quick, temporary with as less material as possible without making any cuts to stability and durability?
This was the case for the Leonardo da Vinci Bridge, a bridge that can be used to efficiently bridge large spans deploying short wooden elements. However from the Indian tepee and Indian mandala to medieval churches, Chinese architecture and Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions, we can find structures that are following the principle of mutually supporting beams, or as architects and engineers call them, reciprocal frames.
Nowadays such structures are synonyms to the eco self-build communities or to very complex metal structures of modern architecture.


Jaana Räsänen

Architect, Director
Arkki, School of Architecture for Children and Youth, Finland

Jaana's bio

Jaana Räsänen, M.Sc. (Architecture), is one of the pioneers of architecture education for children and youth in Finland and Arkki Finland Director since May 2019.

For more than 20 years she has been motivated by a desire to guide children and youth, and the adults working with them to realise the meaning of a pleasant environment and good architecture to people.
During her career, Jaana has shared her expertise on architecture education in diverse ways. She has worked as teacher and educator, lecturer and writer, producer and developer as well as adviser and promoter. She has worked at Arkki, School of Architecture for Children and Youth, the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, and Archinfo, Architecture Information Centre Finland.

Jaana´s motto is: Open all your senses to the beauty of the everyday environment.

Architecture within the Finnish Educational Systems

Abstract of the workshop

Basic education in the arts is provided primarily for children and young people on an extracurricular basis.
Basic education in the different fields of art progresses in a goal-oriented manner from one level to the next and provides students with the skills to express themselves as well as the ability to apply for vocational training and education or higher education in this field
Architecture is part of the National Core Curriculum in Finland since 1993 has to do with the integrated unity of aesthetics, utility, functionality, technology and ecology. It has plenty of connections with technical, mathematical and social subjects


Kadri Klementi

Founder & teacher at Arhitektuurikool / School of Architecture
Arhitektuurikool , Estonia

Kadri's bio

Kadri Klementi (1984) is one of the founders of and a teacher
at Arhitektuurikool (School of Architecture) and a partner and an architect at b210.
Along with her colleagues, she has compiled the curriculum
and the content of architecture elective for high school students
and created an online architecture project for basic school (Arhitektuuri valikaine gümnaasiumile)
students . She has tutored architecture workshops in general (Loovtööprojekt Kooliruum) education schools and public institutions all over Estonia and
taught students who study to be teachers at universities. Kadri
has advised schools on how to plan renovation projects and
how to draw up a design brief for that. She has organised
workshops for school administration and teachers and for
pupils to explore their needs and wishes for a renovated school
building. In the past year, most of Kadri’s time has been devoted to teaching at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Arhitektuurikool 10! Best Practises of Architecture School for Kids in Estonia 

Abstract of the workshop

Arhitektuurikool (School of Architecture) is a hobby school in Tallinn, Estonia where kids between the ages of 7 and 19 explore and create the spatial world. The school organizes inspiring architecture-related events, publishes study materials for the promotion of creative thought and provides built environment education. All activities address the built environment with an emphasis on human-oriented space and sustainable development.

Weekly lessons take place in the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn. Playful and exciting assignments as well as creation and discussion help the kids to see, understand and value their spatial environment.

In addition to regular lessons, the School of Architecture is also involved in various one-time or recurrent projects aiming to popularize topics related to the built environment. The aim of those events is to inspire young people to take notice of their environment and use it in active, positive and inventive ways. Particular attention is paid to general education schools, so that young people all over Estonia could explore their everyday surroundings in exciting and educational ways. The study materials published by the School of Architecture support a new approach to education with a focus on exploratory and investigative learning where students play an active role, as well as practical topics that combine different fields. The materials and training courses meant for teachers make it easier to explain architecture, instruct students and conceptualize the use of space within the school building itself.

Autumn 2019 will start the 10th season of Arhitektuurikool!


Krisztina Somogyi

Hungarian delegate to UIA Architecture and 
Children Work Program
UIA Architecture&Children, Hungary

Krisztina's bio

Krisztina SOMOGYI examines the manifestations of architecture and visual culture together with their signification. Author of books, articles and films, curator of exhibitions and lecturer at universities she seeks to understand the processes of sense making during architectural creation and reception. She supervised several research and participatory design projects in public school environments within the frame of The Doctoral School of Architecture at BME. She is currently researcher at Institute of Psychology, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University.
As Hungarian delegate to UIA Architecture and Children Work Program, built environment education is a key focus in her activities.

Seeing, Understanding and Changing the Piarist Secondary School of Budapest

Abstract of the talk

In spite of high architectural qualities, due to important changes in pedagogy, new expectations of the religious order and teachers and the way children learn and behave today, there is a new need to adjust the historic building of the Piarist Secondary School of Budapest to better fit everyday school life. As a start to the complex redesign, small case interactions are initiated. Problems and positive features were captured through the photographic lenses of students. The almost 400 images served not only as a base for study but turned out to be a playful tool to communicate with students, teachers and architects.
The Piarist Centre was founded 300 years ago in the main tourist centre of the town, on the Danube riverbank. The actual building is 100 years old, and was a university from 1950 till 1990. After 1989, it was reprivatized by the religious order and has been redesigned to fit very different functions. The new school is now situated on the 2nd to the 4th level in Wing ‘A’ of the building, sandwiched between shops, clubs and restaurants on the ground- floor and offices and a chapterhouse in the roof. The redesign won many prices to Chief-Architect János Golda and his team.
The ongoing project focuses on the possibilities of the now large and noisy corridors where there is not much to do and envisions different spatial and functional situations. The project is the co- work of secondary school students, BA, MA and doctorate students of architecture lead by architects and environment psychologists.


Lam Nguyen

Architect Educator
Arkki Asean, Vietnam

Lam's bio

With 7-year experience in architectural concept design in Vietnam and Myanmar, Lam is also Co-founder of Concept Architect of Studio Voi an Architecture and Interior Design
Studio located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Lam Nguyen succeeded in creating System & Concept Builder for multiple Education and Art Projects in Vietnam.
He is a Practitioner and Researcher of Educational Pedagogy and Creative Methodology and is teaching at Arkki Vietnam. Lam Nguyen is also part of the Arkki Regional Academic Team (ASEAN Arkki) and is working on its development.

Empowering Participation

Abstract of the talk

Almost everywhere in the world, the design process is undertaken by adults, while the end-users are often children, such is the case in parks, public areas and schools. The project Children Innovate Smart and Child Friendly Cities, supported by UNICEF, managed to create an environment for children, many in situations of vulnerability and disadvantage, to express their opinions and influence decisions that affect them for a safer, cleaner and more secure environment. Taking into account children’s perspectives, proved to be useful for urban planning experts and decision-makers of Ho Chi Minh city. After all, living together is the end goal of
human being, if we are here to build a sustainable future.
The talk will go through the details of this project where teams of almost 300
children and youth learned about urban design process and shared their ideas of a child friendly city, working on a bespoke area of Ho Chi Minh City, Thu Thiem.


Magdalina Rajeva

Architect
Mobile School Stolipinovo, Bulgaria

Magdalina's bio

Born in Sofia (Bulgaria), Magdalina Rajeva received her Masters’ Degree in Architecture from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia. She runs her own architectural studio “ArchPoint” in Sofia with numerous projects in different fields – Interior Design, Residential, Public and Industrial Buildings. She is devoted to the idea of developing young people’s awareness of architecture, city and sustainable development. In 2011 she co- founded the Children Architectural Workshop, a non-profit organization, meant to inspire and emotionally engage children in architecture derived activities.
Representative of the Union of Architects in Bulgaria in the UIA working program `Architecture and Children` since 2014. Alternate UIA council member 2017-2020 (region II).

Mobile School Stolipinovo

Abstract of the talk

Nowadays the crisis of rapid urbanization needs urgent actions. “Mobile School Stolipinovo“ is a step towards removing the boundaries between social, ethnic and minority groups. Acquiring skills for cultural expression is seen as a powerful tool for empowerment and breaking of the social segregation.
The project focuses on educational initiatives through architecture, science and play with children – the biggest roman district in Bulgaria. The aim of the activities is to equip the children with cultural and social capital and self-confidence to socialize outside their segregated community, thus overcoming the barriers of exclusion.


Marta Brković Dodig

Architect, Assistant Professor in Architecture
Union University Nikola Tesla, Belgrade, Serbia

Marta's bio

Dr. Marta Brković Dodig is Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow at the Department of Urban Design and Urban Development at TU Berlin, Germany. She is architect, Assistant Professor in Architecture at Union University Nikola Tesla in Belgrade, Serbia and founding director of NGO ARQubator.

Currently she is carrying out research connected to built environment education for children, games in architecture and urban planning, sustainable schools, learning environments design and pedagogic architecture.

BEE or not to BEE: Mapping the field of BEE as future educational landscape

Abstract of the workshop
Built environment education is a wide field of practice. There are people all over the world working in the field of built environment education (BEE) for children. Their backgrounds and their ‘host’ organisations differ widely, from education officers in museums, dedicated architecture centres and the wider cultural/third sector, through design and planning practitioners working either independently or via their professional bodies, to teachers in schools and kindergartens. There is interaction and cooperation between these actors, but also dependencies between different sectors as well as common and unique content and delivery formats.

In our interactive mapping workshop we want to venture into mapping with participants key characteristics of BEE activities and collaboratively discover what conditions and policies help BEE learning landscape in its variety to thrive in the future: How does their BEE learning landscape look like? How it is connected with the other institutional types and medias of learnings (books, youtube, computer games)? Are policies that foster mainly BEE in schools enough? As our ongoing research with children and young people shows learning about architecture and space happens today in many places and many (real + virtual) spaces.

We will also question the lack of joined-up cross-institutional thinking about BEE polices and programs, often resulting in short breath stand-alone initiatives by single national or local governmental institutions.


Minna-Mari Paija

Architect Educator,
Arkki, Finland

Minna-Mari's bio

Minna-Mari has been working in Arkki since 2010 and co-leads a project supported by the Ministry of Education’s for four graders at the Taivallahti Primary School. Internationally Minna-Mari has represented Arkki in several countries such as Spain, Libano, Russia, Austria, Greece. She also has tutored workshops for children in Vietnam and participated in the training of the future Arkki’s teachers in this country.
She is as well involved in developing Arkki’s architecture teaching by doing curriculum work.
In addition she works at a design office and as a teacher at the Espoo Academy of Fine Arts

The Curious School Class – Integration of Creative Education via Architecture through Different Subjects in the Public School

Abstract of the talk

Arkki’s “curious class” project, supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education, aims to integrate in the school different subjects through architecture and study them from experimental and three dimensional perspective. It helps the teachers to expand the learning environment and diversify working methods. The children’s experience in class changes since they learn through play without realising they are learning.


Niina Hummelin

Architect, Architect Educator, Leading Pedagogue
Arkki, Finland

Niina's bio

Niina Hummelin is an architect, who graduated from Tampere University of Techonology. She worked in architectural offices from 1987 to 2002 and at Inkoo Visual Arts School (2005-2011).

Niina has been working in Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth since 2002. She is Arkki’s lead pedagogue one of the most respected professionals in architecture education with more than 16 years of experience in the field. Niina Hummelin’s work consists of developing the curriculum, teaching weekly architecture courses (ages 4-14 years), conducting workshops and administrative work.
She has been promoting architecture education widely in co-operation with other cultural organisations by organizing workshops and happenings.

Niina has also co-written several books about architecture education and lectures about the topic regularly. Her expertise include developing teaching materials, realising exhibitions and training school and kindergarten teachers. She has a vast experience in participatory planning projects in different scales.

Arkki Urban Planning Workshop Concept

Abstract of the workshop

“By improving the quality of the built environment, we would positively affect the quality of people’s lives.”
Almost our entire everyday physical environment is architecture or infrastructure, since man has influenced it with his actions. Our buildings, villages, towns, cities, and landscapes provide the framework for all human activity and for the interaction between people. Thus architecture is a self-evident part of our everyday lives.
How should the city look in the future for the children´s viewpoint? If we design new parts of the city, how could the new city reflect our visions of a smart future?
In this workshop we will use design process and architecture with the guidance of Ms Niina Hummelin and learn how to use design principles, design thinking, architecture and urban planning in the classroom.


Pihla Meskanen

Architect, CEO
Arkki International, Finland

Pihla's bio

Pihla Meskanen Pihla Meskanen is the CEO and Founder of Arkki Finland and Arkki International. She has been leading Arkki for 25 years, and developing the unique Arkki concept. 

Ms. Meskanen believes that phenomenal education through architecture and design is a powerful way to enhance creativity. Meskanen has written several books about creative education and taken part in writing the prestigious Finnish National Curriculum for Visual Arts and Architecture under the National Board of Education. Meskanen is a founding member and Chief of the Board of PLAYCE, an international association of architecture education.She has taught in several universities, published articles, and is a frequent speaker in conferences around the world related to architecture education. She has,  in addition, practiced architecture in her own office Architects Meskanen & Pursiainen from 1996 to 2008.

Her work in the field of creative education has been awarded multiple times in Finland with the Asko-Avonius Prize in 2018, the Building Information Foundation’s Pietilä Prize in 2004, the State Children’s Culture Award in 2005, and she was chosen the Art Educator of the Year in 2013. In 2018 the President of Finland conferred her the honor of  he Knight First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland, awarded in recognition of her outstanding civilian conduct.

Arkki – 25 Years of Creative Education through Architecture

Abstract of the talk

“Architecture is a form of bridging humanities and sciences. Since Architecture Is intrinsically interdisciplinary, architecture education for children is exceptionally suited for the developing the key 21st century competencies”

Arkki has been since its very beginning a pioneer in developing a unique concept of creative education via architecture and design.
During the talk we will go through Arkki’s history, since its foundation in 1993 until the present moment, where Arkki Finland has a professional staff 60 architects in Finland and C. 10 000 participating annually in Arkki activities in Finland. The concept has been licensed through Arkki International to 7 countries for now.


Shany Granek-Isbi

Architect
Co-Founders of ABCity: Children&Urban Planning, Israel

Shany's bio

BArch and MA from the school of architecture, Tel Aviv University, Israel (Cum Laude). Owner of SGI architects office. Lecturer at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, and former lecturer at the Tel Aviv University.

City as a School – Learning by Playing

Abstract of the talk

The city is a vast resource of human, physical, technological and cultural assets. It has the potential of stimulating curiosity, creation, discovery, and learning. The city is a significant educational tool, meeting place and laboratory where children can discover, live, and learn to appreciate their own habitat. Learning that takes place in the urban space is experiential, relevant to life, authentic and enhances the connection to the built environment. Exposing children to the city life and planning issues, will increase awareness, understanding, sense of belonging, involvement, and responsibility for the urban environment and the public space.

At the City as a school project, the city and the public space become a giant game board, a large classroom, when elementary school children go for an outdoor class day, to the nearby urban public space. The pedagogical team creates a unique daily curriculum in math, language, environment, music, art, etc. Motivated by the idea of using the city’s natural assets as teaching tools, the teachers stimulate the children to learn and investigate the city, both intellectually and experimentally, by moving, playing and enjoying the urban built environment.


Suzanne de Laval

Architect, Co-Director
Arkitekturanalys sthlm AB, Sweden

Suzanne's bio

Suzanne de Laval, Architect, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, KTH 1977. Doctoral degree, PhD in Architecture: Design Methodology, KTH 1997. Have been practicing as architect in Uppsala for fifteen years and as planner in Uppsala local community for two years. Worked six years as Educational Manager for the architects in the biggest Swedish architectural company, Sweco. Since 2001 running a free-lance research business in Stockholm, Arkitekturanalys, working with R&D-projects concerning Built Environment Education, School-planning research and Post Occupancy Evaluation. Working on voluntary basis as chairperson in the working group, ARKiS, (Architecture in School) for Built Environment Education within the Swedish Association of Architects since 20 years. Co-Director of the UIA WP Architecture & Children representing the Nordic Countries.

Architecture Gymnastics, Kenchiku Taiso

Abstract of the workshop

The workshop design is invented in Japan and presented on several conferences. It is a fun workshop to combine architecture education, teamwork and gymnastics in a creative way. Local buildings in combination with well known works of Architecture are used to create a unique shared experience.


Teresa Winter

Architect, Architect Educator
Arkki, School of Architecture for Children and Youth, Finland

Teresa's bio

Teresa started in Arkki in 2015 and, after a couple of years dedicated to a challenging building project in a marginalized area in New Zealand together with her spouse, she returned to teach at Arkki in 2019 spring term. Teresa has been teaching pupils and professionals in Finland and conducting trainings in Vietnam. She is as well involved in developing Arkki’s architecture teaching by doing curriculum work.
Teresa’s passion is participatory planning, and her Masters thesis project in her architect studies was done from the children and youth participation point of view.

Green Roof

Abstract of the workshop

The green roof workshop is about opening the mind to new ways of looking at our built environment and it’s opportunities. The model making of a green roof house teaches the basic concept of green building technology and encourages to get enthusiastic about the urban opportunities.
In this era of rapid urbanization the cities spread and take space from nature, so a responsible mitigation to this phenomena is to bring more nature in the city. Green roofs are just one way of letting a bit more nature in.


Vibeke K. Hegg

Architect, Founder
Playuba PRO, Norway

Vibeke's bio

Vibeke K. Hegg has a Post-Graduate Diploma / M. Arch. in architecture from the University of Huddersfield in England. She lives and works in Oslo, Norway and the founder of Playuba PRO.
Since 2008 Vibeke has held architecture & design workshops with more than 9,500 children, students and teachers in Norway and Brazil. During this time she discovered that the elementary schools hardly had any teaching material for the compulsary subjects architecture, design and art. She felt there was a great need for a practical tool for creative processes.
Vibeke decided to develop a cardgame-based educational tool, which introduces design thinking and creative processes for education purposes. This work also rellates to the highlights of the upcomming new school-curriculum in Norway. Norway need the next generation to be innovative and able to “think outside the box”. The curriculum states that students must learn interdisciplinary cooperative problem solving. Playuba PRO is an engaging and playful tool for teachers to help them do this job.
The workshop “Playuba – design the future” is a fun way to experience design process in practice.

Playuba – Design the Future

Abstract of the workshop

In Norway the schools are getting a new master plan in 2020 and it states that children should learn how to be innovative.
Playuba PRO is a card based creativity tool that aims to make Norway the world’s most creative nation.
The tool aims to help the teachers to do this job through working with architecture, design and art.