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The future of architecture – Robert Lunn

We asked ten architects – each of whom joined Make in a different year since 2004 – to write about how they see architecture and the built environment changing over the next ten years. Here is the third instalment.


Robert Lunn

Robert Lunn
Make Partner since 2006

I foresee architecture over the next decade continuing to be shaped by the recession that we are still emerging from. I believe architectural education will evolve, encouraging broader, more intrinsic links between students and the working profession, providing more opportunities to work within a practice (beyond the two year minimum requirement) and promoting greater engagement with others in the industry such as engineers, surveyors and clients. My hope is that this will reduce the financial burden upon students and encourage more people to consider a career in architecture, while also providing a greater variety of tutelage.

I see architects becoming more involved in educating the wider society about what we do and the value we bring to projects. I also see developments in mainstream and social media further encouraging architects to cultivate a wider discourse about how our public spaces, homes and offices are designed and constructed. Architecture will become more socially responsible, with architects developing designs that encourage users to gain more confidence in seeking buildings and spaces that they can adapt easily and efficiently. This will see architecture becoming more dynamic, with less large-scale new builds and a greater percentage of retention, refurbishment and adaptation schemes, such as our own 48 Leicester Square and St James’s Market projects.

robert-lunn-quote-v2A final hope of mine is to see the profession continue to move away from its current ‘male-centric’ image towards one that is increasingly egalitarian, with women occupying more prominent positions across the industry.

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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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