Engineers, architects and designers who like teaching, designing, building and learning.
We are a collective that seek to promote diversity and public engagement in our built environment by encouraging better representation in the industry, and community participation on new projects. We engage people from all walks of life in the design process, and provide opportunities for professionals to be better informed about the people for which they design.
While we’re teaching, we’re still learning. The projects we engage in allow us to adopt different roles in the design and construction process than those that we usually hold; transforming engineers and architects into teachers, project managers, general contractors or joiners. Through these experiences we gain further insight into the holistic design process which is not readily available in a more traditional design team structure.
WHAT WE DO
- Two-day team workshops for a design-build
Aimed at students between the ages of 13-18, teams of 2-6 students work together over a weekend to design an structure to meet a specific architectural brief. The weekend features lectures about the built environment, careers and culminates in presentations to a panel of industry and academia judges. The winning design is developed and built with help from the students.
- One-day kit workshops
Aimed at students between the ages of 11-16, groups of students are given a flexible kit-of-parts to assemble to meet a design challenge, whether artistic or structural.
- Drop-in experimentation workshops
Aimed at students between the ages of 4-11, these short sessions invite students to learn about fundamental principles of structural engineering through testing, experimentation and design challenges.
- Community designs / special installations / competitions / other
We also like to take part in installations for fun causes, and try and incorporate teaching and community work within this where possible. Sometimes this involves proposing ideas through competitions, sometimes it involves helping out an exciting team. Usually we’re all ears!
- Educational campaigns
Aimed at interested secondary school students but open to the online world, these short videos and research projects are completed in partnership with other groups to share our enthusiasm for sustainability, design and the built environment.
If you would like to work with us please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE WE DO IT
Scale Rule was born and raised in London but we support projects throughout the UK, and actively share our resources and provide guidance and support with like-minded groups in the US and Australia.
WE ARE A CIC
Scale Rule is a registered Community Interest Company – our activities aim to benefit young people interested in the built environment, and the local communities that our interventions interact with (read our Community Interest statement here). We do this through our Rules of Engagement, where each project must satisfy at least three of the following criteria: teach young people about architecture, engineering and design; encourage diversity in architecture and engineering; engage a community in architecture, engineering and design; teach design professionals to engage better with communities and places; challenge current norms in the design industry; demonstrate sustainable design; produce a benefit to a community; teach us something new.
We can hold Public Liability, Products Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance up to £5 million for making/designing/creating visual art installations and teaching and running workshops and community projects.