The Programme

The Academy will develop your skills, increase your confidence and open-up pathways into careers in the built environment. 

This free twelve month programme will start in Summer 2019 and run for 12 months until May 2020. During the programme, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and events.

You can select a tailored mix of sessions to create your own personalised programme to suit your individual needs. All participants must undertake the summer holiday programme.

Below is an overview of what to expect in the Academy. One day design workshops will take place on the second Saturday of each month. Half day skill, professional and research development sessions will take place one evening a month.

11th July 6-8pm – Launch event: Meet the delivery team, sponsors and your fellow participants in an informal welcome evening.


29th July-1st August – Summer Holiday Programme: You will work as a team on creative design projects. We’ll cover planning, regeneration and architecture and learn professional design skills.

4 days

1-2-1 support: We’ll meet with you to identify your individual aspirations and develop a tailored programme of support. Sessions flexible throughout August.

1/2 day

Design Workshops: Take part in mini design challenges to develop a brief and identify clients, design solutions using drawing and model making and presentations.

1 day

Skills Development: Working with the PLACED network of professionals, and including activities such as model making, sketching, Photoshop and presentation skills

1/2 day

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

1/2 day

Research and Development: Focus on the things you are really interested in with the option of undertaking research projects

1 day

May 2020 – Graduation: Join the Sponsors to celebrate your success and mark the beginning of your next steps

1/2 day

Work Experience: We will support you in identifying work placements by connecting you with industry professionals

Completion of related work experience will take the required amount of days to graduate down to 8

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? Want to find out more detailed information on what to expect and when? Get in touch through our Apply page and we’ll send you more details.