The Helsinki-based Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth is a school of architecture providing long-term architectural education for children and youth aged 4 to 19. Unique in its kind in the world, Arkki is now happy to announce the launch its international activities with a new architectural education programme for children and youth in Greece & Cyprus.

The architectural education for children and young people provided by Arkki is among the most comprehensive in the world, measured by the programme’s depth, quantity and quality. In Finland, 500 children participate in Arkki´s weekly architecture courses, and c. 5000 children attend short courses and events per year.

The Arkki programme is innovative in its pedagogical methods. In Arkki, play and fantasy are used as means to discover the different phenomena of architecture. Arkki´s educational programme also enhances 3D thinking, mathematical thinking and communication skills. In some projects children can take part in the actual design process of architecture and city planning. Through architecture education it is possible to foster a new generation of active citizens who have a deep understanding about the built environment, and who hopefully possess tools for a positive change in the future. “Metropolization has brought ecological problems and the challenges of urbanization to the forefront all over the world. Architecture education. In Arkki we believe that architectural education gives children new possibilities, means and mediums to influence the creation of our future environment, whatever their occupation is " says Pihla Meskanen, CEO of Arkki International.

The new international programme in Greece launches in summer 2014 with architecture programs for 7-9 and 10-13 year old shildren and youth in Athens. More detailed information of locations and partners for the academic program as well as the workshops will be available soon. Arkki will be producing the programme in Greece & Cyprus in partnership with DESIGNEMBASSADOR.COM UG, which specializes in the design of festivals, events, conferences and workshops. The Arkki team in Greece includes architect and Historian of Architecture Stavros Martinos who is in charge of the academic programme and Vassilios P. Bartzokas (entrepreneur) who is in charge of the licensing and educational programme. The programme will be developed in Greece in collaboration and partnerhip with AKTO College.

“We have admired the work of Arkki for years. It is unique and innovative! It is wonderful to have a chance to offer these inspiring courses to the Greek & Cypriot children”, says Vassilios Bartzokas, CEO of Designembassador, and a father of three boys. Stavros Martinos adds: “We are very excited about bringing the excellent pedagogy of ARKKI to Greece and Cyprus. During the last 20 years in Finland, ARKKI has evolved within the context of the most innovative educational system in the world, elaborating on the multi-layered, hands-on, playful and creative content of architectural training. We are delighted to be part of this legacy and to be able to contribute into its further expansion.”

The Arkki team in Greece includes architect and Historian of Architecture Stavros Martinos who is in charge of the academic programme, Christina Moudara Instructor, Evie Trouki Educational Program Advisor and Vassilios P. Bartzokas (entrepreneur) who is in charge of the licensing and educational programme.