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Get 15% off all Summer Experiences by using code SUMMER15 at checkout before 31st December!

Get 15% off all Summer Experiences by using code SUMMER15 at checkout before 31st December!

The Young Architect Summer Experience

InvestIN Education
InvestIN Education

The Young Architect Summer Experience


You can get a 15% early-bird discount by using the code SUMMER15 at checkout before midnight on 31st December

The Young Architect Summer Experience gives students aged 15-18 a fully-immersive experience of working as an architect in London.

Over the course of 15 days, students will have some of the most exclusive experiences of architecture that one can imagine: visit leading architecture firms, design your own sustainable structure and pitch your ideas to a panel of architects in an iconic London venue.

Join us for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful architect.

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Immersive Architectural Experiences:

  • Visit top architecture and urban design firms such as Foster and Partners
  • Design your own sustainable structure using the latest architectural software: BIM technology, virtual reality and more
  • Complete a series of projects in a studio setting using architectural sketching tools and design techniques, under the guidance of senior architects
  • Pitch your final designs to a panel of architects and get feedback on your work
  • Exercise your curatorial skills by hosting an exhibition of your work and have leading architects attend a private viewing
  • Private networking session with experienced architects from a range of specialisms

Meet Senior Architects:

  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with architects from world-renowned firms specialising in residential, commercial, urban design and more
  • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career

Career Coaching:

  • Receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in architecture
  • Advice on subject choices, university selection, work experience, extra-curricular activities and more
  • World-class professional development training: dedicated coaching on all the soft skills you need to become a top architect: creativity, teamwork, communication, time management and more

Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:

  • Attending the Summer Experience demonstrates that you have gained skills which are highly-valued by top universities
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your university applications.

World-Class Universities And World-Class People:

  • Experience two of the best universities on the planet: University College London (UCL).
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for the Summer Experience, creating an invaluable lifetime network.

Design Your Own Summer Experience:

  • Select your preferred length of experience. You can choose to attend for:

      1. days 1-15 (the full experience); or

      2. days 1-10 only; or

      3. days 1-5 only

  • Accommodation, meals, guardianship and airport pick-up are available if required and can be added at checkout

Immersive Experiences Days 1-5

The Architecture Studio

-Discover the architectural design process: research, collage, concept design, 3D model, developed design and presentation board
-Refine your creative problem-solving skills with a series of quick-fire drawing exercises
-Learn the difference between plan, section and axonometric drawings and their purpose within the design process in an interactive workshop with a leading architect
-Engage in a 3D physical-modelling workshop: learn how to transform simple materials into magnificent miniatures of your architectural space

Become the Architect

-Receive your first design brief and work with your team to analyse the client’s needs
-Visit an inner-city site and document your findings through note-taking and conceptual sketching
-Pool together your research, sketches and collage to align on the concept that will underpin your project
-Build physical structures to best visualise your designs
-Liaise with your peers in a studio ‘cross-crit’: size up the competition and get invaluable feedback

Firm Visit

-Visit a top architecture firm and understand the day-to-day life of an architect
-Get hands-on experience of how a firm operates, learning how they approach their own design briefs
-Participate in a live panel Q&A session and gain invaluable advice to take back to the studio
-Network with top architecture professionals

Pitch to the Client

-Bring all your work together: curate your project narrative on presentation boards at a landmark London building
-Perfect your elevator pitching skills: concisely describe your project to the client and communicate your design choices effectively
-Have your project assessed according to official RIBA guidelines
-Receive detailed feedback on your work from leading experts in the field

You can get a 15% early-bird discount by using the code SUMMER15 at checkout before midnight on 31st December

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

The programme starts on 28th July 2023. You can choose to attend for either days 1-5, days 1-10 or days 1-15; and either with or without accommodation. Pricing for all options is set out below.

Click “Register Now” to book your place. Alternatively, if you wish to pay via invoice/instalments, please complete this form and a member of our team will reach out to you.

London 5-Day London 10-Day London 15-Day
Length Days 1-5 Days 1-10 Days 1-15
Discover the architectural design process, take a 3D modelling workshop and visit a leading architecture firm. Respond to a design brief and complete a project from start to finish.
Visit a top urban design firm and design your own sustainable structure. Learn how to ‘digitise’ your designs. Curate an exhibition of your projects and get feedback from top architects.
Private networking session with top architects
World-class professional development training: 5 days of coaching on all the skills you need to become a top architect
Summer Experience fee £1475 £2850 £3950
Optional fee for University of London accommodation (private single rooms) with all meals and guardianship included Available for an additional
Available for an additional
Available for an additional
Optional fee for London airport pick-up and drop-off (each way) Available for an additional
Available for an additional
Available for an additional

Choose a location below:

In Person

28th July 2023

The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation Location

Students who choose accommodation will reside in University of London halls of residence. We occupy 3 different halls close-by to each other (listed below). The vast majority of students will be placed in Garden Halls

Garden Halls, London, WC1H 9EN,

College Hall, London, WC1E 7HZ

International Hall, London, WC1N 1AS

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As part of your booking, you will receive 12 months’ access to our state-of-the-art tech platform, AmbitionX. Here you will find all of your programme materials and complete post-programme assessments to gain coveted ‘experience points’ to demonstrate your levels of professional development. You will also be able to access any of InvestIN’s Live Online weekend and evening programmes through AmbitionX at no extra cost.



In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is completely cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will receive a refund. We have never yet had to cancel a London summer experience, having successfully delivered programmes during the summers of 2020 and 2021, with strict social distancing and excellent feedback. We shall of course adhere to all Covid-related government guidelines in place at the time of the programme and keep student safety as the highest priority.

If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full.



If you are trying to register and the registration box is not appearing it is likely because of firewall restrictions on your desktop device.

You may wish to try on your mobile device instead. Alternatively, please email with details of the programme you want to register for. We will reserve your place immediately and send you a link to pay by card online.