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Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich pavilion displayed at COP26

A pavilion designed by aspiring architects and engineers from Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich has been displayed at COP26 in Glasgow.

The pavilion, which was designed by the boys following a two-day workshop at the renowned Grimshaw Architects in February, shows a deconstructed dome pulled apart by the symbolic hands of humanity, illustrating the impact of human creation and our destruction of the planet.

After winning a Clerkenwell Design Week competition, the boys' design was rendered digitally by Scale Rule, who organised the competition. The team at Scale Rule then worked with the boys at a digital design workshop where the pavilion was collectively reviewed, tested and developed.

Last month, students from the academy visited the London offices of Grimshaw Architects, who are best known for designing projects such as London Bridge Station, the Eden Project and Heathrow Terminal 1.

During the visit, they met Jon Snow, Channel 4 News Presenter, Andrew Whalley, the chairman of Grimshaw, and Sir Tim Smit, who runs the Eden Project in Cornwall. Jon Snow interviewed students Miqdaam, Muhammad, William, Jathursan and Devin about their design.

Jamie Allison, Assistant Principal at Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich, said:

“We are hugely proud that the students involved in the Scale Rule workshop can evidence a sustainable project taken from concept through to production, particularly for such a major world event as COP26.


"Seeing how our STEM curriculum has real-world impact and relevance is inspiring for students. Working closely with architects, designers and engineers has not only motivated our students to pursue careers in the field but has sparked further interest in the STEM industry across our school community.


"We now have record numbers of students attend our 'Designers and Engineers' after-school club. This engagement between industry and education will only continue to create the future leaders and thinkers we need to tackle the climate challenge."

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