Accelerate! is the first ever access programme into university for Year 11 and 12 state schools students developed by Open-City. It is aimed at young people who want to pursue a career in architecture or the built environment but would benefit from mentoring and skills enhancement.

Make and the Bartlett School of Architecture are working in partnership with Open-City to deliver this exciting programme, which is targeting students from underprivileged backgrounds. The key aim is to help them develop the skills required for entry to higher education architecture-related courses through early intervention and mentoring.

This 18-month scheme will enable these young people to reach their full potential and improve their chances of entering higher education. Practical work experience sessions held at the Make studio over a 12-week period, involving direct engagement with design professionals, will equip the students with the experience, skills and confidence needed to aid them in achieving places at university.

Accelerate! is educating those young people who will become built environment professionals in years to come; in the long-term, this will result in a more representative demographic group shaping our future cities.

The 12-week work experience summer programme will help young people to develop a number of important skills and experience, including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Independent learning
  • Communication
  • Transiting from school to a working environment



Open-City is an independent not-for-profit architecture and built environment education organisation, expert in the field of bringing architecture to the future generations. They have been delivering free education programmes to some 30,000 state school students over the past 10 years.

Their school and youth programmes  lead the way in exploring architecture and urban design and inspire young people to explore London’s built environment, equipping them with creative and communication skills that can support their learning.

Make has been involved with Open-City since 2006 and has participated in a wide range of educational and mentoring programmes.

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