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The Young Architect Programme

Live Online or In-Person Ages 15-18 Timezone: GMT+0

Live Online
13th - 14th March 2021

Starts at 10.00am

Starts at 10.00am

In Person Date Only
27th - 28th March 2021

Starts at 11.00am

Starts at 11.00am

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Internship Overview

The Young Architect Programme gives students aged 15-18 an immersive experience of Architecture through a series of role-plays, seminars, simulations and Q&A sessions led by a group of experienced architects over 2 days. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person at UCL or ‘Live Online’.

Attendance will give you a competitive edge in the race for the best universities and jobs in architecture and a 'super-curricular' experience to add to your UCAS application.

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Internship Highlights

An Immersive Experience of Architecture:

  • Architects from world-leading brands will coach you through live, interactive simulations, including:
  • Cutting-edge 3-D visualisations of innovative designs
  • Smart city and digital infrastructure scoping
  • Planning for population safety, security, health and well-being with a variety of consultants
  • RIBA Stages 2 and 3 of your unique building design in accordance with a client brief 

Career Coaching For Future Architects:

  • Students will learn how to land a top degree and job in architecture
  • An action plan on the path to the top, starting now
  • Coaching by experts on A-level/IB choices, portfolio building, university and degree choices; extra-curricular activities; work experience; application and interview techniques

An Audience With Top Architects:

  • Q&A time with a panel of high-ranking architects, urban designers and engineers as well as architectural students
  • Unlimited lifetime access to our depth of expertise. Students can contact us for further advice at any time

 Boost Your UCAS Form and CV:

  • Attendance demonstrates that you have gained key skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, innovative design, advanced analysis and the real-life application of theoretical concepts.
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your application.

    Programme Fee, Format & Options

    You can choose to attend the programme either in-person at UCL or ‘Live Online’; the content is the same for both. The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions.

    Programme Fee:

    ‘Live Online’: £95/student for one day (you can choose either day 1 or 2), £165/student for both days.

    In-Person: £295 for both days (we cannot offer a 1-day-only option for in-person due to Covid-19 prevention measures we have in place)

    Places are limited. If 2 or more places are booked students receive a 10% discount. Enter code GROUP10 at checkout to benefit from this.





    10.00amThe World of an Architect

    - Architecture: a science and an art
    - The design mindset: analysis and synthesis
    - The architectural design process
    - Career possibilities, demands and expectations

    11.00amThe Residential Design Project: Part I

    - Over the course of the day, you will work with leading architects to design a bespoke avant-garde building for your client
    - Follow official RIBA guidelines and receive guided feedback from leading executives at every stage
    - Part I: understand the client brief, create a mood board to align your vision, and prepare the design concept which will underpin your project

    12.00pmLunch Break

    1.00pmThe Residential Design Project: Part II

    - Expand upon your designs from the morning
    - Learn how to develop architectural drawings: working in plan and section
    - Part II: create developed designs, build physical and virtual 3-D models using cutting-edge software, and assemble your presentation board

    2.30pmThe Showcase

    - Present your final designs
    - Receive detailed feedback on your work from top architects
    - Have your work assessed according to architectural marking criteria

    3.30pmCareer Coaching – How To Become A Top Architect

    - How to be successful in the university admissions process for architecture
    - Portfolio building: how to best demonstrate your creative potential
    - Techniques to gain work experience with the world’s best architecture firms
    - What you can be doing now to stand out

    4.00pmPanel Q&A

    - Live panel Q&A with experienced architects
    - All your burning questions answered
    - Receive valuable careers advice
    - Build your action plan for success


    *exact programme subject to change without notice.


    10.00amArchitects in the City

    - Urban design as a civic responsibility in our increasingly urbanised world
    - The interconnectivity of cityscapes: buildings, places, and spaces as intertwined elements
    - Reading the City: the responsible architect’s guide to urban design
    - Mapping the City: understanding context and character
    - Learn how to balance working with developers and councils

    11.00amThe City Design Project: Part I

    - Throughout the day, you will work with experienced architects on an urban regeneration project for your client
    - Develop creative research methods to understand the geographical, sociocultural, and economic context of your site
    - Discover important issues faced by urban designers, city planners and landscape architects and brainstorm potential solutions
    - Understand how stakeholders and emerging ideas about regeneration will influence your design
    - Part I: begin to craft your own design brief in response to the needs of the city

    11.45amSmart Cities: Digitising Your Infrastructure

    - The revolutionary world of future urban design
    - Setting up for a sustainable future
    - Ethical considerations in your ‘smart city’
    - Planning for population safety and security

    12.15pmLunch Break

    1.15pmThe City Design Project: Part II

    - Part II: Develop your design to creatively address the needs of your client and community
    - Leverage state-of-the-art technology to transform the city and improve key aspects of urban life
    - Learn how to produce presentation-level architectural drawings and graphics with help from professionals

    2.45pmThe Showcase

    - Present your final designs
    - Receive detailed feedback on your work from top architects
    - Have your work assessed according to architectural marking criteria

    3.15pmPortfolio Workshop

    - Explore materials and mediums; space and scale
    - Introduction to layout and formatting
    - The design narrative: create a compelling story through your architectural portfolio
    - How to use the weekend’s projects to kick-start your portfolio
    - Learn what top universities are looking for in a portfolio?
    - How to use your portfolio to brand yourself for university and beyond

    4.00pmPanel Q&A

    - Live panel Q&A with architects, consultants and designers from a variety of backgrounds
    - Your questions answered by those in the know
    - Coaching on the path to success, starting now


    *exact programme subject to change without notice.

    Venue & Dates

    Live Online or In-Person

    13th - 14th March / 27th - 28th March 2021

    Live Online: 13th - 14th March 2021

    In-Person: 27th - 28th March 2021

    Who Can Attend

    This programme is for students aged 15-18 who have the passion and ambition to both learn about this career, and start boosting their UCAS/college applications & CVs. If you are a student who is slightly older or younger than our guidelines, then please do get in touch with us to discuss your specific situation.

    There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited; we are usually full a couple of months in advance of the programme date. No prior knowledge or experience is required to join this programme as we build your knowledge from the basics up to more advanced concepts.


    The in-person programme will be run with strict Covid-19 prevention measures in place which have been modelled on the government’s guidelines for prevention in educational settings. You can view our measures here. In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is completely cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will have two options: i) move to the next in-person date; ii) move to the ‘Live Online’ programme and be refunded the difference in price.


    We exist to give students a life-changing experience. We are proud to report that we have an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 on Google Reviews. Our Google reviews can be read in full here, and some highlights are below.


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