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Learning with Festival of Architecture

The Festival of Architecture, led by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), is a nationwide celebration of how architecture and design helps shape people’s lives. It aims to inspire and engage young and old, professional and non-professional with a diverse programme of activities.

From talks to workshops, exhibitions to screenings, we have plenty of activities for families, schools, students and children. Please come along and join us!

The Festival will deliver a range of events dedicated to children, young people, students, schools and families. This programme is a collaboration of the Festival team, all its partners, national and local agencies and organisations (including Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS), Education Scotland and BBC Scotland).

BBC Build It

Build It – a fun mapping project for 7-14 year olds

BBC Scotland's Build It is marking the Festival of Architecture and Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design by encouraging budding architects to find out more about Scotland’s most popular landmark buildings and structures including Stirling Castle, the Kelpies, Glasgow’s Armadillo and the Forth Bridges.

A digital map of Scotland

The idea is to build landmarks using 3D design software such as Minecraft, TinkerCad or Sketchup using PCs, laptops or Raspberry Pi’s. Build it Scotland is inviting children aged 7-14 to help build Scotland’s top landmarks in a virtual world. Whether it’s your own local museum or one of the nation’s favourite castles, we want you to help create an online map of Scotland.

Some schools have already started building. Hamilton College has a Minecraft club. They chose a few local landmarks to build including Hamilton Mausoleum and Bothwell Castle along with more famous ones including Craignethan Castle and Stirling Castle.

If you're interested to take part, please email builditscotland@bbc.co.uk.

3D Printing

Participants will be invited to take part in the 3D printing of their landmark to create a 3D version of the map of Scotland. This project, led by Education Scotland and BBC Scotland, will aim to tour the country and will be exhibited in key locations, including the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Edible Landmarks

Participants will have the chance to enter Cake Fest and create their own edible landmark. Architects and bakers will be visiting schools and community centres to help teams across the country to create their cake. All creations will then be transported to Stirling Castle to complete the cake map of Scotland as part of Cake Fest on 11 September. More information: info@foa2016.com.


BBC Scotland has also created a range of resources to guide you through which software you are going to use to create your landmark with step-by-step instructions and accompanying video tutorials. Find more information on the BBC website.

Education Scotland

Festival of Architecture Blog

Read more about our Education events and share your own experience on our blog!

Events for learning

The Festival of Architecture is a key part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland.