Accelerate is a pioneering education and mentoring programme aimed at increasing diversity in the architecture profession.
It gives students the confidence and skills needed to make strong university applications to study architecture.
Accelerate is for academically-able, and ambitious Year 12 students, who potentially wish to pursue a career in architecture.
Accelerate was developed and established in 2012 by Open City, in partnership with The Bartlett School of Architecture and, for 2017/18, supported by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Over the last five years almost 200 students have taken part and benefited from the programme, with 70 per cent of Accelerate participants securing conditional offers to study architecture and related subjects at universities including University College London (UCL), the University of Cambridge and The University of Manchester.
"You can’t have an excellent education without a diverse cohort"
– Alan Penn, Dean of The Bartlett, UCL
Each year Accelerate provides 30-40 Year 12 students from across London with:
• One to one mentoring with an architect at their London practice
• Skills development workshops in a university environment
• Peer to peer learning with university students
• An architecture project brief devised by UCL and Open City
• Guidance workshops on portfolio production and university applications
Accelerate runs from September to April every year. Find out more information about the programme to learn how young people from diverse backgrounds can study architecture and play a part in shaping their city. If you would like to take part in next year's programme please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also currently recruiting for a new course tutor. Please email email@example.com for more information and details on how to apply.
UCL takes the need to broaden our intake of students very seriously. Diversity of background and perspective are essential in creating an excellent student group and experience. We work with Open City’s Accelerate programme to help tackle the barriers to entry to university and the architectural profession.
Alen Penn ,
Dean of The Bartlett
Accelerate is a free programme generously supported by UCL and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Each year we would like to ensure the programme is accessable to young people who will benefit the most. If you would like to make a donation or to support the programme please email firstname.lastname@example.org