Kent Architecture Centre

Model created by primary school pupils in Chatham during an Architecture Week project

Kent Architecture Centre, a not for profit company based in Chatham, seeks to help people achieve improvements in the quality of their built environment by working closely with and bringing together, decision makers, design practitioners, and the community, especially young people. Education, in its broadest sense, underpins everything we do at the Centre.

Venue Type:

Architecture centre

Additional info

We are happy to respond to phone or email enquiries for support to teachers and schools

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Design Engagement for School Communities (DESC) toolkit

The DESC toolkit is a set of 24 question cards, designed to be used by school stakeholder groups (pupils, teachers, governors and parents) to help them explore an existing building- either their own school, or a building they are visiting- based on the DQIfS (Design Quality Indicators for Schools) framework. There is also a set of draft guidance notes- both downloadable from the Centre's website publications page


  • Annette Hards
  • and lots of other people who have contributed


  • Kent Architecture Centre

How to obtain

free to download and print off

Shaping Places

Th Shaping Places book is intended for teachers in primary and secondary schools who wish to develop projects that are concerned with change in their local environment, using the design process as a learning process, and is based on work in 15 schools in south east England. Contents include case studies and study methods.


  • Eileen Adams
  • kent Architecture Centre


  • Kent Architecture Centre

How to obtain

Free. There may be a postage charge.
To request a copy of the Shaping Places publication please contact:
Sarah Brown
Telephone: 01634 401166

Kent Architecture Centre
Admiral's Offices
Historic Dockyard




01634 401166


01634 403302

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