Arkki, School of Architecture for Children and Youth

Arkki, School of Architecture for Children and Youth offers wide basic education in architecture. There are approximately 600 weekly students in the basic education of visual arts from age 4 to 19. In addition to the basic education, Arkki offers seasonal courses such as hut building camps. Other theme courses include miniature building, designing and drawing by computer.

Arkki offers a variety of workshops and different activity for a large audience. Nurseries and schools may order separate workshops or wider entities from Arkki. Arkki also organizes recreation days for businesses and birthday party workshops with varying themes.

We are widely known for the mega workshops of thousands of participating children organized during the years. Some of these, such as Sweet Architecture or Lego workshops, could already be called classics. Yearly approximately 7000 students take part in Arkki’s courses, camps and workshops.

Arkki produces educational material for teachers of primary schools. In addition to this, we also organize pedagogic education to teachers of the visual arts. Arkki has also executed dozens of projects with cities and construction companies.

The aim in all Arkki’s activity is to inspire the children and youth about their environment and offer them tools how to be an active, participating citizen.

Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth operates in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa. The seasonal courses are also arranged elsewhere in Finland.

Arkki ry

Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth is a non-profit organization, whose aim is to support and develop the educational work related to the built and cultural environment, and to the ecological foundation and principles of building.

In order to fulfill its mission Arkki aims to

  • maintain and support the architecture school of children and youth
  • combine, develop and produce educational material for children and youth concerning architectural and environmental education
  • organize and support the supplementary studies of the teachers of the architectural studies for children and youth
  • support the pedagogic research and development
  • practice and support the documentary activity and publications
  • support activities related to exhibitions and presentations, courses, camps and seminaries
  • organize or support study trips
  • promote or maintain international connections
  • act on other ways comparable to those mentioned above to promote and support the architectural and environmental education of children and youth

The organization may accept financial aid, donations and wills, and may carry out fundraisings after gaining the proper authorization for this activity.

International Co-operation

  • Arkki is has an active part in the collaborative projects, meetings, events and the discussion related to architectural education.
  • Arkki has been widely displayed on international press, on branch’s publications, websites and seminaries. There have been lectures about Arkki’s activity in dozens of countries.
  • Arkki’s premises in Finland have received thousands of foreign visitors.
  • Arkki has been an example to a number of architecture education’s projects, organizations and schools. In these projects Arkki has acted as an advisor and organized training when necessary.
  • Arkki co-operates with dozens of schools of arts, organizations and associations among large range of projects.
  • The continuing development and evaluation of the curriculum is enabled by international co-operation.

Local Co-operation

Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth co-operates with the schools, nurseries and art institutes in the vicinity. The vicinity consists of the surroundings of the Cable Factory in Ruoholahti and the surroundings of the Tikkurila Library.

Co-operation in Finland

  • Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth co-operates with the schools, nurseries, art institutes and artist and architecture organizations in the metropolitan area.
  • Arkki acts in co-operation with the Finnish National Agency for Education in the development of the curriculums:
    • Arkki has been represented in the Finnish National Agency for Education’s working committee that prepared the basis for the basic education’s curriculum in visual arts (completed in 2005).
    • Arkki has been represented in the Finnish National Agency for Education’s working committee that prepared the basis for the general upper secondary education’s curriculum in visual arts (completed in 2002).
    • Arkki has been represented in the Finnish National Agency for Education’s working committee that prepared the basis for the primary schools’ curriculum (completed in 2004).
  • Arkki has been represented in the working committee that designed and published the page http://archinfo.fi/english/
  • Arkki co-operates actively with Finnish museums, organizations and associations of citizenship education. Arkki aims to form and develop different ways of co-operation concerning education in architecture, creativity and art.
  • In co-operation with companies of building industry Arkki developes different procedures to improve the communal designing.
  • Arkki acts in co-operation with the Helsinki City Council developing new ways to improve communal designing and better ways to take children and youth’s opinions into consideration in urban planning.
  • Arkki acts in co-operation with the Education sector of the City of Helsinki to improve and develop the architecture education of the teachers.
  • Other important collaborators are the Culture and Leasure Division of Helsinki, Leasure Division of Vantaa, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the The Finnish Association of Art Schools for Children and Young People.