The 2021 Environmental Academy

Throughout our work, young people repeatedly put the environment at the top of their agenda to make better places and happier communities. PLACED are therefore thrilled to have been successful in a receiving funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and Metro Mayor to support the development and delivery of the Environmental Academy, a programme that puts sustainability and the environment at its heart.

The Environmental Academy will commence in June 2021 and will support youth-led advocacy in the urgent conversation around the Climate Crisis. It will commence with an intensive programme of digital and face-to-face design workshops, expert talks, professional development sessions and the creation of awareness raising campaign. 

This will lead to a youth-led community engagement exhibition in late summer – face-to-face, online or a combination – that will allow the young people to engage with the wider public about what they have learnt and what they would like to find out that could lead to more sustainable places to live, work and play. This will include the development of a website and school resources and activities.

Applying to the Academy

We will be opening for applications for the Academy shortly. To register an interest in applying please contact

Sponsor the Environmental Academy

It is our ambition to further the activity supported by the LCRCA and Metro Mayor through an expanded programme, running from September until December 2021. The additional activity will challenge participants to respond to the outcomes of the community engagement exhibition: a crucial aspect of iterative design which is responsive to the views and feelings of communities.

The participants will be supported in developing collaborative designs in groups with the support of the PLACED team and a dedicated mentor, who will help them consider the feedback from their engagement event and their ambitions for environmental designs. These will then be presented to an audience to develop their confidence, teamwork and public speaking skills

We are looking for sponsorship to enable us to deliver this extended programme of design workshops and activity. Please get in touch with Jo at for more information.

Please check back for further updates on this project by checking this blog and following us on twitter!

Insights videos

We have been delighted with the response to our PLACED Insights programme, and overwhelmed with the generosity of our speakers who have given their time to talk about their experiences, education and careers in the built environment.

As promised, we recorded the videos from these sessions which you can view below.

Career in Architecture

Urban Design and Planning

Diversity in the Built Environment

A career in Planning

Opportunities in Construction

Women in the built environment

Career Pathways

Building a portfolio

Being your own boss

PLACED Academy Insights

PLACED are launching a new series of FREE events for people aged 13-19 interested in careers in design and the built environment.

At each event you’ll hear from inspirational speakers at all stages in their careers, from recent planning graduates to architects heading up national design practices. They’ll be representing exciting firms across the UK, working to design and create the towns and cities in which we live.

Our speakers will be sharing some of their work, telling you about their career journeys, talking about their successes and challenges and giving you some invaluable tips. There will also be opportunity to ask the questions you really want to find out the answers to.

We’ll debunk myths, challenge misconceptions and tell you about careers, pathways and opportunities that you may never have heard of!

You can view and book onto the sessions we’re running at the links below!

Monday 25th January, 4.30 – 5.15
What’s it like to be an Architect?

In our first PLACED Academy Insights event, we’ll be finding out what it is like to be an architect. We’ll be hearing from two inspirational speakers who will be talking about their careers in architecture, giving us insight into what their job entails and how they got there.
Monday 1st February,
4.30 – 5.15
Urban Design and Landscape Architecture

What’s it really like being an Urban Designer or Landscape Architect? We’ll be hearing from two inspirational speakers to give us some insight as they talk about their careers in urban design and landscape architecture.
Monday 8th February,
4.30 – 5.15
Diversity in the built environment; Black Asian Minority Ethnic role models

We will focus on diversity in the built environment, in particular, the need for increased representation of BAME professionals in the industry.

We’ll be hearing from inspirational speakers talk about their careers, how being BAME has influenced their work and some of the challenges and barriers they have overcome.
Monday 15th February,
4.30 – 5.15
What is it like to be a Planner?

Our fourth session of PLACED Academy Insights will explore what it is really like to be a planner. We’ll be hearing from inspirational speakers as they give us some insight and talk about their careers in planning and how they got to where they are today.
Monday 22nd February,
4.30 – 5.15
Opportunities in the Construction Industry

For our fifth session in the PLACED Academy Insights series, we’ll hear from inspirational speakers who will give insight into their careers and the different opportunities that exist in the Construction industry.
Monday 1st March, 4.30 – 5.15Woman role models in the built environment

During this session of the PLACED Academy Insights series, we’ll be hearing from a panel of inspirational women who work in the built environment. They’ll be sharing their experience of what it’s like being a woman in the industry as we discuss addressing the gender imbalance, fair representation and the challenges and barriers they have overcome.
Monday 8th March,
4.30 – 5.15
A focus on Career Pathways: How do you get there?

For this session of PLACED Academy Insights, we’ll be hearing from inspirational speakers talk about their differnt career journeys and how they got to where they are now.
Monday 15th March,
4.30 – 5.15
Building a portfolio: What, how, why?

In our penultimate PLACED Academy Insights event, we’ll be discussing portfolios, with advice from university students and industry professionals. They will show their work, share top tips on how to start, what to include and why, and best ways to capture and present your work. 

With the restrictions of lockdown, why not make a start on creating yours now?
Monday 22nd March,
4.30 – 5.15
Aligning strengths and values with your job: being your own boss

In this session, we’ll be hearing from inspirational speakers talk about the decision to start their own business after identifying their strengths, values, what they enjoy and how they can make a difference. How did they overcome doubts, fears, challenges along the way? How do they feel about their journey now? What advice would they give? To end our series on a high, we hope these insights will demonstrate that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible!

We really hope to see you there! If you have any questions about these events, please contact