Accelerate into University embodies the essence of Open City’s outward-looking ambition:
We want more Londoners, from all backgrounds, to participate in the design, development and care of the city’s built environment.
Each year students take part in skill development workshops with built environment professionals, artists and archiecture students. Here are some examples of skill development workshops;
Students are taken on sketching tours of the impressive buildings and spaces between The Bartlett and Kings Cross including the British Library, St Pancras Hotel and Granary Square.
Students visit a public building to explore space and practice recording movement and mapping space in crowded spaces.
Students practice measuring and model-making to scale . During this workshop students record the spatial nature of plublic spaces such as the Brunswick Centre and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and map the spaces with perspective drawings and site measurements. Students also develop their model making skills by experimenting with scoring and mark-making techniques to create 3D forms. Students then apply their new skills to transform their site observations into scale drawings and site models.
Students focus on recording and exploring pattern, texture and detail . During this workshop, students sketch details from the Bartlett’s First Year installation project and architectural details in buildings around Huntley Street. Students then experiment with scale and different media including string, copper tape and paint to create collaborative paintings that celebrate geometry, materiality and scale.
Through the Lens
Students capture the story of buildings with photography. During this workshop students explore the UCL SOAS campus and experiment with techniques for capturing the essence of a building with a camera, considering different angles and details. Students also practice using SLR cameras with shift lenses and practice photographing architectural models.
Design and Consruct Challege
Students work in groups to design and make models in response to a site specific design brief, testing structure, construction and joining methods along the way.
Students undergo personal critiques with their mentors and curate a portfolio piece. During their final workshop students lay out all of their sketches, models, diagrams and photographs, and with the help of Bartlett students, they curate their final A1 exhibition boards to tell the story of their personal Accelerate learning journey.
Portfolio and Personal Statement Development
Students are joined by their architect mentors to learn how to develop their portfolios and personal statements for university applications and interviews. Students are also given CV writing tips and learn about a range of career opportunitites linked to the built environment.
Every year, from November to March, students are partnered with architects from top London practices. Mentees take part in six mentoring sessions with their mentoring architects. The mentors set out their lesson plans for the sessions, approved by Open City to ensure that they cover a wide range of activities in and out of their studios. These include:
Exploring local buildings and spaces, introducing CAD and hand drawing techniques and terminology, testing out 3D modelling, encouraging mentees to discuss their work and share ideas.
Each year the growth in the mentees’ knowledge and confidence by the end of the programme is captured in their end of year exhibition.
Mentoring practices in 2019’s Accelerate programme included the following;
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Dow Jones Architects, Grimshaw Architects, Jestico + Whiles, Lipton Plant Architects, PRP, Sheppard Robson, Squire & Partners, Stephen Taylor Architects, Wilkinson Eyre
Every year the student’s work and accomplishments are captured and celebrated in an exhibition at The Bartlett School of Architecture. In the exhibition, each student displays an A1 board explaining their projects and Accelerate Journey.
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The programme then ends with a workshop exploring top tips on how to write successful personal statements for UCAS university applications. During the workshop student also learn about the range of architecture courses available at universities across the UK and receive career advice from professionals working in different sectors of the built environment including engineering, landscaping and master-planning.