Ken Shuttleworth becomes a mentor for Accelerate into University

Posted Tuesday 06 Jan 2014

Ken Shuttleworth is to become a mentor on Open City’s Accelerate programme which equips disadvantaged pupils for university. The Make chief said he was inspired by the students on last year’s inaugural programme, which his practice helped establish with the Bartlett and Open City.

“When the opportunity to get involved presented itself, I jumped in,” he said. “The principles behind the programme really resonate – education, and in particular architectural education should be accessible to everyone. “I am looking forward to the challenge and to getting back to grass roots with my mentee.”

Shuttleworth will mentor one student aged 15-17 during four sessions in Make’s office throughout the next academic year. He will work alongside 17 other architects from Make and 27 architects from other supporting practices including Grimshaw, Wilkinson Eyre and Stanton Williams.

Squire & Partners, Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, Nicholas Hare Architects, David Miller Architects, Shepheard Epstein Hunter, Urban Projects Bureau, Jerry Tate Architects and Sheppard Robson are also taking part.

The students learn architectural techniques for describing places and ideas. During their holidays they attend skills development workshops at the Bartlett, where they sketch and make models and are encouraged to think critically alongside Bartlett student mentors.

Dean Alan Penn said: “UCL and The Bartlett take the need to broaden our intake of students very seriously. Diversity of background and perspective are essential to creating an excellent student group and experience. We are working with Open City’s Accelerate programme to help tackle some of the barriers to entry to the university and to the architectural profession. Above all its great fun working with smart people.”

The majority of the 45 students come from hard-to-reach backgrounds. Many receive free school meals, have no family history of higher education, speak English as an additional language or are in care.

Last year 79% of the students won a place on a higher education course, with 39% choosing architecture at universities such as Cambridge, UCL, Westminster and Nottingham.

Read the piece as featured in Building Design magazine online here


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