Urban Learners is an architecture and education consultancy, founded by Venetia Wolfenden.
I have worked in the architecture sector for over 20 years, as both a qualified architect and education facilitator. After working as an architect for 12 years, I decided to make a career shift and help young people explore and understand their built environment, and studied MA Design Education at Goldsmiths College. I was then Open City’s education manager for 5 years, where I was able to put my architecture education theories into practice.
At Open City I developed, managed and delivered architecture and art education programmes, that gave pupils (aged 8 to 18 years) an engaging and creative learning process, linking to the National Curriculum.
I have also continued designing and managing design projects, through voluntary work, with local schools. These projects have also included participatory design workshops, and a primary school playground project formed the basis of my MA independent research thesis,
I am excited at the prospect of sharing my architecture education practice with urban learners of all ages.