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World Architecture Day

World Architecture Day

World Architecture day is celebrated on the first Monday of October every year and was established by the International Union of Architects in 1985 to celebrate beautiful buildings and encourage young people to enter the profession. The original manifesto for the yearly event was to “remind the world of its responsibility for the future of the human habitat.” Many architectural and design companies use this day as an opportunity to showcase cutting-edge advancements in the industry, especially in recent times when there has been a greater emphasis on innovative, sustainable building practices. The first architectural period in history is known as the Neolithic period, which was between 10000 and 2000 B.C. During this time, materials like tree trunks, stones and clay were used to provide shelter and warmth. It was in the Classical period that the Romans and Greeks used concrete to make stronger, hardier buildings and the actual study of architecture became prized. Almost every artistic movement has had its own architectural counterpart, including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Neo-Gothic architecture and Art Deco.

Learn more about architecture with our fun activities!

Activity Ideas:

  • Reminisce about some of the most iconic locations in London with the Oomph! Monopoly pack – here 
  • Learn more about some of the world’s most amazing buildings with these architectural fact sheets – here