Design Deed of the Year 2018 awarded to Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth

In connection with the Habitare Fair today, the Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth received the Design Deed of the Year award. The criteria for the award are originality, responsibility and design as part of everyday life.

The Design Deed of the Year is awarded annually to a Finnish enterprise where design plays a significant role. This year, the prize was awarded to Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth, which for many years has been providing basic education in architecture, as well as thematic courses on designing lodges, miniatures, models, visual arts, animation and 3D computer design.

Arkki’s pedagogical motto is Play – Create – Succeed. Courses emphasise learning by playing, and pupils are encouraged to conduct bold experiments without fear of failure. The inspiring and encouraging atmosphere develops courage, which enables new innovations.

The courses strive to develop creativity, awaken interest towards built environment amongst children and youth, and to give young people tools to impact their future surroundings and decision-making about these. Arkki also offers individual workshops to daycare centres and schools, more comprehensive workshop entities, wellness days for companies, and birthday workshops with various themes for private persons.

Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth was awarded the Design from Finland mark by the Association for Finnish Work in 2016, and now the School has received the distinguished Design Deed of the Year award. The jury appreciates Arkki’s educational approach and influence, as well as its exemplary character, based on the fact that design can also be immaterial.

“We see the design and architectural education and influence provided by the Arkki association as an ideal. Children get to acquaint themselves with design and architecture at a young age and are able to understand matter, as well as demand better design from companies later as consumers. Arkki’s pupils are found in various professions, from lawyers to adventure experience coordinators. With this decision, we are also impressively bringing forth architecture as part of the design,” jury member Annaleena Hämäläinen says, in providing the basis for the jury’s decision.

Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth was established in 1993 by three architects, Tuuli Tiitola-Meskanen, Miina Vuorinen and Pihla Meskanen. Head teacher at the school Niina Hummelin has had a pivotal role in developing its operations for over 16 years. Over the years, hundreds of architects have participated in children’s architectural education.

Arkki provides basic education in architecture, which observes the comprehensive syllabus. The curriculum is based on the guidelines compiled by the Board of Education, as well as on legislation affecting arts edcation at primary schools. Arkki has an organisational permit for arts-based primary instruction granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

“The Design Deed of the Year prize is a splendid token of appreciation for our entire team, which has long been involved in creativity-based education. It’s the icing on the cake to receive it just as Arkki’s 25th anniversary begins,” explains Pihla Meskanen, Head of Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth.

For more information
Pihla Meskanen | CEO of Arkki International Ltd.
pihla@arkki.net / 050 517 4602 / Kalevankatu 31 a 14, 00100 Helsinki

Arkki International Ltd.
The Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth is the leading institution in architectural education for children and youth in the world, founded in Finland in 1993. Arkki education empowers children and youth with innovation skills, holistically intertwining the cognitive, behavioural, functional and technical aspects. The objective is to support children and youth to become innovative influencers of the future through architecture education – whatever their chosen vocation may be. Architecture combines arts and diverse sciences and hence architecture education supports inter-disciplinary learning of different phenomenons. In Finland Arkki belongs to the network of art education institutes that have been certified by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture to offer school children extracurricular visual art education. Arkki International Ltd. is the company licensing the Arkki education concept globally. So far Arkki Schools are located in 14 cities in Finland, Greece, Cyprus, Czech Republic and Vietnam. Arkki is an official member of a national education export program Education Finland program, offering Finnish educational know-how and learning solutions globally.