The Sorrell Foundation Young Design Centre opens at Somerset House in London today.
The centre is designed to highlight the wants and needs of young people from the designers of their schools.
It will also encourage local authorities to engage with the foundation’s body of work established over the past seven years, including its Joinedupdesignforschools programme.
Backed by the Department for Education and Skills, the centre will host exhibitions, run workshops and establish a research centre and archive on site.
The exhibition programme kicks off today with the Casson Mann-designed show What’s Next for Schools.
The Sorrell Foundation has also announced its sponsorship of The RIBA Sorrell Foundation Schools Award, described as the UK’s first prize for excellence in school architecture. The prize aims to raise the standards of design in new school building with the award of £5000 to the architect of the best primary or secondary school.