Project information


Accelerate! is an early-intervention education and mentoring programme enabling underprivileged young Londoners, improving their life chances and access to higher education across the built-environment-shaping professions in partnership with professional parters supporting the process.

April 2012 - September 2013

Charity information: Open-City Architecture

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  • Need


    In essence supporting and developing young people, in equipping them with the work experience and skills that will develop their confidence and inspire them to achieve through this realistic process of development. We believe this programme will increase the chances for 30 young people to enter higher education courses in built environment professions.


    Accelerate! will equip each student with Portfolio development workshops; work experience; university admissions surgeries, professionals mentoring; architectural students mentoring; architecture academy week, along with presentations and awards. Giving these young people the opportunity to engage with these experiences and aid them in achieving places at University

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Challenge the mindsets of BME young people, their schools and their
    families to believe in HE


    » A variety of work experience and discussions with professionals through a mentoring scheme over 18 months.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... to get as many of the 30 students into HE places at university into Built Environment courses.

    Aim 2

    Influence the behaviour of the architecture and engineering industry and
    higher education sectors


    » Engage them directly through a variety of sessions with students to understand the help and experience young people need to aid them in achieving HE.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... to engage them more closely with the needs of work experience and how to help hard to reach young people gain access to built environment professions.

    Aim 3

    Create a sustainable model of best practice for mentoring hard-to-reach
    young people


    » This supports the overall aim of all activity taking place throughout the 18 month scheme

    What success will look like

    Success will be... Accelerate! is a pilot scheme which Open-City and its parters hope will create a model of best practice which can be taken forward and be used in the future.

  • Impact


    Long term Accelerate! will create a model of best practice which can be used to help young hard to reach students in the future gain experience and achieve places at University.


    Recruitment of young people is key to this project. However, this will be worked through with our partners UCL Bartlett and Make Architects.


    We will keep them updated with bi monthly newsletters explaining how the programme is progressing and achievements that have been made throughout the 18 months.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Mentoring and workshops Each student has £2,000 to carry them through the programme for 18 months
  • Background


    The programme and mentoring along with our partners and students will take place in London.


    Young people with high aspirations of achieving and giving them the building blocks of experience to achieve high education places. This will in the long term mean we are educating those young people who will become built environment professionals in years to come, who will inevitably be shaping our cities and built environment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Open-City have 12 years experience in bringing the built envrionment professions and architecture into the classrooms of London schools, and have engaged with over 30,000 young people in this time. Our projects are stronger than ever before including Architecture in school for secondary and primary - bringing architects and engineers into the classroom.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Fiona Macdonald

    Education manager at Open-City is the co-ordinator and organiser of this project along with UCL Bartlett of Architecture and Make Architects.