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The Young Architect Weekend

Ages 15-18 Live Online or In-Person

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Overview

The Young Architect Weekend 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 in London 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.

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.

DAY ONE: RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE

DAY TWO: URBAN DESIGN ARCHITECTURE

DAY ONE: RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE

11.00amThe 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

12.00pmThe 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

1.00pmLunch Break

2.00pmThe 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

3.30pmThe Showcase

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

4.30pmCareer 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

5.00pmPanel Q&A

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

5.30pmClose

*exact programme subject to change without notice.

DAY TWO: URBAN DESIGN ARCHITECTURE

11.00amArchitects 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

12.00pmThe 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

12.45pmSmart 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

1.15pmLunch Break

2.15pmThe 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

3.45pmThe Showcase

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

4.15pmPortfolio 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

5.00pmPanel 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

5.30pmClose

*exact programme subject to change without notice.

Fees, Eligibility and Options

This programme is for students aged 15-18. No prior knowledge or experience is required. The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person or ‘Live Online’; the content is the same for both. 

Programme Fee:

'Live Online’: £165/student for both days

In-Person: £165/student for one day (you can choose either day 1 or 2) OR £295/student for both days

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.

Venues, Dates & Locations

London, UK

In-Person

26th - 27th March 2022

University College London (UCL)

Bloomsbury

London

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Live Online

In-Person

26th - 27th March 2022

11am - 5:30pm (UK time)

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In-Person

26th - 27th March 2022

University College London (UCL)

Bloomsbury

London

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Online

26th - 27th March 2022

11am - 5:30pm (UK time)

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AmbitionX

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.

COVID-19 Group

If the in-person programme is 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’ version of the programme you selected and be refunded the difference in price. (If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full). Any government guidance on Covid-related safeguarding (such as the wearing of masks and social distancing) will of course be adhered to. We have managed to successfully deliver in-person programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, including during the summers of 2020 and 2021, with excellent feedback. We are therefore highly experienced in giving students a fantastic experience even with social distancing rules in place.

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