A few months ago we had the fortune of helping and taking part in “The periphery of the architecture” organized by HNA and curator for study Stepienybarno, included in the cycle “The reality of the architect”. One of the referees was Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido and Little Architect was presenting his project.
“It is an educational program on architecture, city and environment directed girls and children of primary education in England. The program is born in the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA).”
East educational initiative “wants to break the traditional limits of the education of the architecture” and for it “it seeks to establish a direct contact between the school of architecture with the company from the earliest ages.”
The program is given in colleges during the school schedule, integrating lessons on contemporary architecture in the current academic curriculum. It is a transverse method of education of the architecture that goes from the 5 up to 11 years, age where in UK it passes to the secondary school.
“During the first course (2013-2014), there is established the beginning on which Little Architect is based shaping a pedagogic line and methodology. There is established a system of financing with which the support of the Arts Council obtains of England and other big offices of architecture as Rogers Stirk Harbour +Partners, Alison Brooks, CAPCO or AHMM. A campaign of advertising is designed to contact the colleges personal visits to the centers and one gives beginning to the first educational experiences.”
During Little Architect’s meetings there develop activities that promote the drawing, the observation, the creativity, the positive thought, the interest and appraisal for the environment. Little Architect seeks as the first aim to promote the curiosity of the students for the architecture and the city and consequently to wake up a desire to be involved in the evolution and design of the same one.
Ado preambles, we leave you with the interview that we realize to Dolores Victoria Ruiz.
¿Cuál ha sido tu formación y trayectoria profesional previa a Little Architect?
My formation since arquitecta was in the School of Architecture of Seville and later I realized studies of postdegree in the University of Jaen where I obtained the DEA in History of the art. My professional path began in 2002 founding RgRm architects together with my husband Juan Jose Ruiz Martin, also architect in The Carolina, Jaen. The study we re-baptize it and it is called A Semibasement since we decide to establish in London in 2010.
How does Little Architect arise?
I presented a project to give classes extra school of architecture in the college of my children. Such a positive response of the center and the children led me to presenting offers in other colleges obtaining the same good acceptance. After two consecutive summers teaching adults in the summer school of the AA, I saw that it was the opportune moment to announce to the direction of the school what it was doing of particular form and presented an offer. The approach was different this time, I proposed to teach architecture during the school schedule and not as external activity to the classes. I proposed to be we the architects those who go to the colleges and not on the contrary. The direction of the AA both Brett Steel and Christopher Pierce y Natasha Sandmeier, was going thinking enough time as the architecture bringing the children over, and therefore the agreement in which it was necessary to mount it with base to my offer was immediate. What I could make alone does not have anything that to see with what a school of architecture like the AA can reach, the hearing, the means and the repercussion are undoubtedly infinitely major.
What did lead you to opening way you in the education? Why focused in children?
I have been at the head of my own study of architecture more than 12 years and the accumulated experiences explaining (or fighting) porqué the things can be done better differently, so much to clients, since to politicians, since in the town halls it made me technical personnel see clearly that the only way of generating interest for architectural and urban contemporary offers comes from the hand of the education. For what children? Because in the early ages it is when we have the creativity more developed and is vital to promote and to promote this way of thinking. The creativity is not a tool to manage to be an artist, the creativity makes us possible to think about new routes for the realities that we do not like.
Had you some previous experience in education?
Not, unless it counts to educate two children, I suppose that some punctiliousness in this aspect gives the maternity.d.
Did you meet many difficulties?
I have very very bad memory! Jajaja. Now seriously, the major reef is to convince to the professorship of primary of that a lady arquitecta and his equipment of students of architecture, are going to mount a class of architecture to his 5-year-old pupils during his valued and scanty school schedule and that it is not free.
The second great problem is to explain what is an architecture. That the classes do not go of technical drawing, perspective or materials. That we speak about the urban ecosystem, about mobility, about energy, about evolution, about Utopia, rehabilitation.
Are you satisfied with the reached aims?
Incredibly satisfied, every positive report that comes from a teacher of primary is like to receive a prize. There are children who after Little Architect’s class have continued drawing buildings and removing them to his teacher without previously having showed interest for the drawing or the architecture.
What expectations and projects of future have you for Little Architect?
To begin conversations with whom they have the power to change the educational laws into UK. To ask for more economic supports of the private sector in order that the program grows.
Do you feel good remunerated by the labor that you realize?
In my case the AA (the school of architecture) he pays my salary equivalent to that of a tutor of the school. The fact of being directing a program for children does not do that importance is reduced to my labor.
Do you arrange or complement this activity with other labors or in other fields?
I am a co-founder of SCAN, Spanish Contemporary Art Network. A foundation that internaturalizes Spanish artists and Latin person emergent Americans. We are 4 architects but on this you have to do another interview to me because it is an exciting project for yes only.
I will put you in touch with Pedro Font, Juanjo Ruiz and Bruce Irwin!
Would you encourage other architects to follow your steps? What steps do you consider that they should give?
Certainly, which it was commenting before to do it in the AA was to come to major hearings, is key. I look that this experience imitates and certainly it improves.
To speak with the directors of schools of architecture (there are directors?) and to mount equipments; to look for economic supports from the beginning since the phase of investigation is long and must be remunerated. I ask from here to leave me in Seville, Granada or Malaga a hollow in the equipment to be able some day to return to Andalusia, to our house.
Do you think that the architects in Spain we should continue opening new routes of work to go out of the “most “traditional” cabin of projecting given the current situation of the construction in our country?
It is vital, in the most literal meaning of the word.
What do you think of those that they have been going to work abroad?
That more wise persons will turn insurance and more tired, very tired. Look, it is not just to have to leave when it is so much that to improve in our country.
Do you allow me here to criticize the budgets that the league of football moves, the formula one, the fashionable gangplanks, the programs of the heart, the motorcycle GP … (all this nice examples of equality of kind certainly) … opposite to budgets of investigation in University or company?
Was it this question?
How do you see the future of the profession?
You remind yourself of the advertisement of the Coca-Cola that one who was saying for the weak spots, for the fat men, for the bajitos …? So this way! It will not be said I AM an architect it will be heard I STUDIED architecture and now I make me machines that purify the air, I design fronts that change color, design furniture, I write stories, I do documentaries, I construct houses in the trees, I take care of the birds… I see It without collegiate well versed but optional organs, see it based on temporary associations of individuals, supreme who change according to the aim…
Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido · Education | Little Architect
Interview realized by Ana Barreiro Blanco and Alberto Alonso Oro. To be grateful for Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido to him his time, patience and his predisposition with this space.