The Programme

The PLACED Academy is a free to access programme focused on developing your skills, aspirations and confidence whilst supporting you in accessing professional careers. During the programme, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and events with creativity and collaboration at the heart of all activity. Below is an overview of the type of activities you can expect in the Academy. You will find the dates for the 2022-2023 Programme at the bottom of this page.

Summer Holiday Programme: You will work as a team on creative design projects over several days. We’ll cover planning, regeneration and architecture and learn professional design skills.

Design Workshops: Hone your design skills through monthly mini-design challenges, including developing a brief and identifying clients, designing solutions using drawing, model making and presentations.

Professional support: You’ll be supported by PLACED and our wide network of people working and studying in the built environment, giving you a unique insight into careers and study routes, whilst supporting you in developing your skills and knowledge.

Skills Development: Work with the PLACED network to develop the skills you need for the next step of your career, including activities such as model making, sketching, Photoshop and presentation skills.

Professional Development Sessions: Advice on writing CV’s and personal statements, portfolio advice and interview preparation.

Graduation: Join your fellow participants, Partners and Sponsors to celebrate your success and mark the beginning of your next steps. All graduates receive a certificate.

Throughout the programme, you will be supported by our fantastic network of Ambassadors, built environment professionals and students. Our Ambassadors include architects, planners, interior designers and landscape architects. You will work alongside them, gaining a unique insight into careers and study routes in an informal, practical way.

Sound good? Visit our Apply page. 


11th July: 6-8pmAcademy Launch
26th July – 29th July Holiday programme
29th July: 5.30-7pmHoliday programme presentations
Saturday 17th SeptemberSaturday workshop
Tuesday 20th September Monthly evening session
Saturday 15th OctoberSaturday workshop
Tuesday 18th OctoberMonthly evening session
Saturday 12th NovemberSaturday workshop
Wednesday 23rd November Monthly evening session
Saturday 10th DecemberSaturday workshop
Tuesday 13th December Monthly evening session
Wednesday 18th JanuaryMonthly evening session
Saturday 21st JanuarySaturday workshop
Saturday 4th FebruarySaturday workshop
Tuesday 21st FebruaryMonthly evening session
Saturday 4th March Saturday workshop
Wednesday 22nd MarchMonthly evening session
Saturday 22nd AprilSaturday workshop
Tuesday 25th AprilMonthly evening session
Wednesday 10th May  tbcMonthly evening session
Saturday 20th May tbcSaturday workshop
Thursday 25th May, Evening  tbcExhibition & Graduation event