Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

October 12, 2006 05:42 ET

Foster and pupils launch national education campaign

Photo Call Notice

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 12, 2006) - Lord Foster and pupils from the Mossbourne Academy in Hackney will launch CABE's new education campaign, How Places Work, on Friday 13 October. A photo call will take place in the Great Court (designed by Foster and Partners) at the British Museum in London at 10am.

Over the next two years, in partnership with the Architecture Centre Network, CABE will give 12,000 young people (aged 11-14) the opportunity to see inspiring buildings and public spaces in the company of leading architects and designers.

John Sorrell, chair of CABE, comments: 'Architecture is not part of the national curriculum, and teachers often say they feel tied up in red tape which makes organising school trips a formidable undertaking. CABE will use How Places Work to demonstrate the value of learning outside the classroom environment. We want to restore teachers' confidence in making direct use of the buildings and spaces around us.'

Date: Friday 13 October

Time: 10am photo call followed by official launch at 10.30am

Location: The Great Court at the British Museum, Great Russell St, London, WC1

There is also an opportunity to film. John Sorrell and Lord Foster are available for interview.

Notes to Editors

John Sorrell is chair of CABE and a champion of young people's involvement in architecture and design. He is Co-Chair of the Sorrell Foundation which aims to inspire creativity in young people and improve quality of life through good design.

Norman Foster was knighted and appointed by the Queen to the Order of Merit in 1997. He has also been honoured with a Life Peerage in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Since its inception in 1967, his practice Foster + Partners has received more than 400 awards and citations for excellence and has won over 60 national and international competitions.

How Places Work is being launched at the Great Court at the British Museum designed by Fosters and Partners. The Great Court is the largest enclosed public space in Europe and is enjoyed by five million visitors annually -

CABE is the government's advisor on architecture, urban design and public space. For research, news and articles about built environment education, visit

Architecture Centre Network is the national umbrella body for Architecture and Built Environment Centres in England (ABECs) -

Contact Information

  • Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
    Dominique Owen
    020 7070 6771
    0771 4294870