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Architecture for Kids podcast – inspiring children and young people to build a better future

14 Jun 2023
Press release

Architecture for Kids CIC alongside The Built Environment Trust, the Thornton Educational Trust, and the Welsh School of Architecture Cardiff University will be launching a podcast series on the 1st July 2023, aiming to bring together practitioners and creatives working with children and young people to inspire them to make the built environment more inclusive, diverse, and better suited for their needs and interests. 

Architecture for Kids podcast is hosted by architectural educator and trained architect, Antonio Capelao, a 30 minutes long conversation every Saturday with practitioners and creatives inspiring and working with children and young people - to inform and to reflect on their outreach work in the fields of education, the built environment, and the creative industries. 

Our beliefs and opinions stem from our childhood, are shaped by experiences and reinforced by peer groups and cultural influences – determining how we think of ourselves and the world around us.  

CEOs surveyed by PricewaterhouseCoopers reported that as they anticipate an increasingly automated workplace, the human skills that they will most prize are ‘problem-solving, adaptability, collaboration, leadership, creativity, and innovation (PwC, 2018). 

Architecture for Kids podcast aim to inspire and engage parents, guardians/carers of children and young people, teachers, educators, school governors, professionals working in the various creative industries, policy makers, children and young people in discussions about the built environment, the creative industries, with the aim of encouraging children and young people to participate in shaping the built environment. 

Podcast contributors:

Almundena de Benito - Chiquitecto
Dr Amanda McCrory - Institute of Education, UCL
Bewaji Oyesanya - Build Up
Dr Bonnie Kwok - Greater Cambridge Shared Planning
Caroline Smith - The National Gallery
Catherine Ritman-Smith - Young V&A
Charlotte Keime - Jestico + Whiles
Charlotte Neep - Fashion + Textile Museum
Corrin Wendell - YEP! Youth Engagement Planning
Daniel Poku-Davies & Max Mackay - Ourspace
Dinah Bornat - ZCD Architects
Dr Ed Green - Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Ella Horent & Joshua Kindlon & Kamal Haddad - Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Elly Mead - The Glass House
Fermin Blanco - Lupo
Fiona MacDonald & Matt Springett - Matt + Fiona
Grace D'Arcy - Smart Docklands
Grace Simmonds - NLA
Grant Smith - Temple Bar Trust
Hannah Peaty - Soho Parish Primary School
Harry Thorpe - CAUKIN Studio
Dr Hiral Patel - Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Holly Lewis - We Made That
Ines Lourenco - Casa da Arquitetura
Ivy Edemafaka - RIBA Ambassador
James Sale - Collaborative Design and Build
Dr Jenny Wood - A Place in Childhood
Jerry Tate - Tate+Co Architects
Joshua Brooks - Architect & RIBA
Kelly Butt, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Kevin Stedman - King's Education
Lee Patterson & Thomas Pughsley - Child Friendly Cardiff
Magali Thomson -  Great Ormond Street Hospital    
Matt Bell - Heatherwick Studio
Dr Matluba Khan - School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University
Melina Guirnaldos - Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Melissa Woolford - Museum of Architecture
Mike Hewson - Mike Hewson Studio
Dr Nick M.L. Mols - Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Pihla Meskanen - Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth in Finland
Rick Jenner - Park Play
Roland Karthaus - Design Council
Rose Gibbs & Sahra Hersi - Mountford Growing Community
Roy Coupland & Yaya Chen - London School of Architecture
Sandra Hedblad - Built Environment Trust
Sarah Phillips & Siraaj Mitha - Open City
Dr Shan Shan Hou - Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Simeon Shtebunaev - Researcher
Simon F. Johns - PhD researcher, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences
Stella Wing-yan Fong & Avni Patel - the Design Museum
Stephanie Edwards - Urban Symbiotics
Tim Gill - Rethink Childhood
Venetia Wolfenden - Urban learners
Victoria Thornton OBE - Thornton Education Trust


About the Architecture for kids CIC: 

Award winning Architectural Educator and trained Architect, as well as being the Founder of Architecture for Kids and Podcast – Antonio Capelao said, ‘’the purpose of the podcast series is to bring a voice to children and young people through the provision of a platform that speaks to the very people we want to reach – children and young people.  

About the Building Centre and Built Environment Trust: 

The Built Environment Trust, an independent charitable organisation dedicated to bringing together all professional disciplines, to inspire, connect and empower people on the importance of the built environment. The built environment is all around us, it includes the buildings we use but also the space between them, such as roads and parks. The Built Environment Trust works to deliver a better understanding of the social impact our surroundings have on people and communities. 

About the Thornton Education Trust: 

Thornton Educational Trust (TET) exists to close the gap between learning and the built environment and ensure that youth engagement is recognised as a valuable part of creating better neighbourhoods and social impact. 

TET’s aim is to build capacity in the field of engaging children and young people in the built environment - through creating a community of practice via research, an awards programme and our online TET Dialogues.  

About the Welsh School of Architecture Cardiff University: 

Welsh School of Architecture – Cardiff University provides a vibrant, collaborative environment for teaching and research. Embracing the diversity and trans-disciplinarity of architecture, pursuing excellence in research and innovation in teaching and learning across design, the arts, humanities and sciences. 

For more information, please contact: Antonio Capelao, podcast host 

Sandra Hedblad, Head of Learning at the Built Environment Trust

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