Scott Brownrigg launch Future Talent Programme with paid summer placement.
As part of our commitment to inclusion and encouraging wider access to the profession, we have launched our “Future Talent Programme”. The Programme aims to pull together a range of new and existing initiatives intended to reach a diverse range of people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds or under-represented in the profession.
This is not new to us. As a practice we have long been committed to helping students and individuals from diverse backgrounds to build careers in the architecture and design industry. As many of you are aware we have supported Blueprint for All (formerly the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust) since 2010, with paid work placements, mentoring, practical skills workshops and hosting exhibitions.
Offering work experience, paid placements, career talks, seminars, studio tours, workshops and mentoring are day-to-day activities for us. We are also one of the trailblazer practices that led the development of the Modern Apprenticeship Standards for Architecture, which provide an equal alternative debt-free path to qualifying as an Architect.
Our Future Talent Programme draws these areas together. Working with schools, universities, organisations and charities, including Speakers for Schools, to engage with students and promote architecture and design as a career. We are looking forward to developing the programme further, with initiatives that reinforce our commitment to inclusivity and access to the industry.
We have kicked off our Future Talent Programme by offering a paid Summer Placement – this was open for applications from any undergraduate or postgraduate students currently enrolled in an architecture, urban design or interior design course and returning to study in the autumn.
Fussilat Ibrahim is the successful applicant for the placement this year and joins our London team this month. Fussilat graduated with a BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture & Design from University of Hertfordshire and is currently topping up her degree to an RIBA Part 1 qualification by pursuing a BA (Hons) Architecture from London Metropolitan University.
Find out more about our Future Talent Programme here.