Serpentine Education redefines the role of the arts during periods of transition and social change. We connect communities, artists and activists to generate responses to pressing social issues. The programme is guided by four questions: How can we work in solidarity with those facing struggles around racism and migration? How do we care in times of austerity? How can we survive an increasingly competitive schools system? How do we navigate an increasingly surveilled and gentrified city?

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Build Your Own Pavilion is a fantastic design education project for young people aged 8-14. Celebrating 16 years of Serpentine Pavilion commissions, we're challenging young architects to design a small-scale model of a summer Pavilion.


- Download our teachers’ pack and plan your own Build Your Own Pavilion workshops and lessons around design and architecture.

- Find examples of the pavilions built from 2000-2014, and be inspired by the designers and their designs.

- Find out about the challenge with our flyer or display it in your school – it also includes the prizes which can be won.

- Enter students into the online competition before 9 Oct 2016 for a chance to win prizes and for your students work to feature on the Serpentine Gallery website and national media

Take a look at our YouTube channel for further inspiration


Through the workshops young people should:

Understand what a pavilion is, what it is used for and the role of architects in designing the structure.

Understand the creative design process from brief through to prototype.

Develop their creative thinking skills by responding to the Build Your Own Pavilion brief through drawing, 3D Modelling and CAD.

Experiment with a variety of different physical materials to express their ideas.

Develop more sophisticated visual thinking by translating ideas into drawings in four views.

Extend their understanding of geometrical forms and how they can be combined to create structures in CAD.

Evaluate and analyse their own work, that of young people in their group and the work of the world’s leading architects in terms of both function and aesthetics.

Develop the ability to work as a team through mutual support, cooperation and democratic processes.

Expand communication skills by sharing their thoughts about what makes good design, including using appropriate architectural language to describe structures.

Keywords: design and technology, KS2, KS3, 3D Printing, art, creativity, drawing, model making, BYOP16
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