Architecture for Kids Podcast

A brand-new podcast aimed at bringing together practitioners and creatives working with children and young people to inspire them to make the built environment more inclusive, diverse, and attractive for everyone.

Hosted by Antonio Capelao co-founding director at Architecture for kids CIC, and in collaboration with the Built Environment Trust, the Thornton Education Trust, and the Welsh School of Architecture Cardiff University.
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).
These short and to-the-point podcasts hope to improve the interplay between the fields of the built environment and education as we share knowledge between the practitioner, the creative, and the primary school teacher. Exploring how to prepare children and young people for economic, environmental, and societal challenges, and for their professional lives according to today’s needs and those of a sustainable future.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

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
Professor Rosie Parnell - Newcastle University
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


Architecture for Kids CIC aims to inspire and promote creativity and self-confidence in children and young people by engaging them in discussions about architecture, design, and sustainability – a hands on problem solving spatial programme, explored by sharing with children and young people knowledge about the built environment and the architect’s skills, through a process of conversation, site visit, drawing, and making, but always in charge of their own thinking and decision making.
Antonio Capelao, Founding Director award-winning Architecture for Kids CIC

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.
Sandra Headblad, Head of Learning, The Built Environment Trust

Enabling and empowering the next generation of 'urban shapers'.
Architecture affects everyone, yet it is the one subject that is not embedded into children’s lives. Young people’s voices are often excluded from discussions and decisions on urban design whilst creative and design subjects are excluded from the school curriculum.
Thornton Education Trust recognises many more opportunities are needed to help young people engage with the built environment and create a significant step change. By highlighting excellent programmes and activities through the Inspire Future Generations Programme and Awards and debate via TET Dialogues, we can celebrate those achievements developed and delivered by the profession and educationalists, and encourage others to join this ‘community of practice’ raising a design-conscious future generation, interested and invested in becoming active participants in shaping their communities and cities in the future.
Victoria Thornton OBE, Board Member, Thornton Education Trust

The natural and built environment offers an incredible learning environment to young people. By immersing themselves in their neighbourhood, they can understand complex challenges, articulate creative responses and build capabilities to actively engage in shaping their environments. The Architecture for Kids podcast series champions this idea, which is also at the core of the engagement strategy at the Welsh School of Architecture. The podcast series will be a valuable resource for academics, school teachers, parents, local authorities and community groups in the context of the new Curriculum for Wales. Most importantly, I hope this podcast series will enthuse young people to study architecture and design-related subjects and craft their careers in the creative industries.
Dr Hiral Patel, Director of Engagement, Welsh School of Architecture