My Architecture Design Journal is a new resource for schools from the Irish Architecture Foundation, supporting teacher-led or architect-led projects for 14-16 year-olds. The resource is centred on a bespoke Student Design Journal, available as a printed copy or to download, which guides students through a design project based on their school. Students record their investigative and creative work in the journal, following the step-by-step project guidelines.

This website provides supporting information for each section (Briefs 1-10), which will be added to as the projects develop. The website is also interactive – participants are also encouraged to send in images and descriptions of their projects which will be posted up on the blog.

A free Teachers’ Handbook containing project planning guidelines and learning supports is available directly from the IAF to teachers or architects leading school projects. Printed copies of Teachers’ Handbook and Student Design Journal are available to addresses in Ireland while stocks last. PDFs available to all. Please email the Education Curator at the Irish Architecture Foundation — education@architecturefoundation.ie — for a copy.

The case studies are all from A Space for Learning, the IAF’s first architects in schools project which inspired this resource. Architects collaborated with Transition Year groups across Ireland on an ideas competition about school design. 120 architects collaborated with 90 schools in 23 counties during this hugely successful scheme, with the resulting exhibition touring Ireland in 2011-2012.

The ‘A Space for Learning’ blog was a very active part of the project, engaging students in the process of sharing and displaying their research and project development. My Architecture Design Journal aims to capture that enthusiasm, learning and creativity through an engaging and freely available school resource.

Students from Santa Sabina SS Sutton, Dublin with certificates for completing My Architecture Design Journal.

Templates for student certificates available from IAF. Please get in touch to request: education@architecturefoundation.ie

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