The Bartlett School of Architecture


Young People and the Future of City Making – Accelerate Exhibition

18 March 2019–30 March 2019, 10:00 am–6:00 pm

Accelerate students working on their projects

An exhibition of work by year 12 and 13 students who have taken part in Accelerate – a pioneering mentoring programme delivered in partnership with Open City and The Bartlett.

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Elliot Nash


Ground floor galleries
22 Gordon Street
United Kingdom


The exhibition will include work created by young people who have participated in the 2018/19 Accelerate programme. Since September, students have responded to the theme of ‘grain’ and have considered the grain of the city on a macro and micro scale through drawing, printing, collage and model making.

Students have also worked with their mentor architects to design interventions for existing public spaces throughout London. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to enjoy the student’s experiments, explorations and responses to the grain of London. 

Exhibiting students

Fariya Abdul
Andi Abdullahi
Khairat Abimbola
Henrietta Adetunji
Amina Afrah
Aishah Ahad
Laura Alfe
Sharina Barreras Mae
Charlotte Bell
Abdesssamad Bendif
Bradley Booth
Amjad Butt
Christian Comanescu
Haleema Coromah
Anne-Marie Elegbede
Juliet Eneje
Charlotte Heenan
Fardous Khalafalla
Tamana Khurana
Sidar Kucukteke
Jacky Lee
Suada Likcani
Geremy Marquez Castro
Madinah Mir
Adam Moussouni
Azeezah Muhammad
Joel Muhangi James
Lila Natour
Lily Nguyen
Shahriyar Rahman
Soumia Sadoun
Yaashmiya Selveswaran
Robinson Sivalingam
Anu Sofuyi
Sidre Sulevani
Hafsa Uddin
Farhan Uddin
Saif Ul-Haque
Lea Wong


Accelerate was developed and established in 2012 by Open City, in partnership with The Bartlett School of Architecture. So far over 200 students have taken part and benefited from the programme, with 70% of Accelerate participants securing conditional offers to study architecture and related subjects at universities including Cambridge, Bath, Manchester and The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Accelerate widens participation and diversity in the industry. It gives sixth form students from non-traditional backgrounds the confidence and skills required to make strong applications to study architecture and subjects linked to the built environment. The aim of the programme is to create a more representative demographic group who can shape the future built environment.

Each annual student cohort follows a set programme of workshops and mentoring to develop observation, design and model-making skills so they can start thinking and working like architects. The workshops are led by university tutors, practicing artists and built environment professionals.

Following on from the skills development workshops, students take part in a three-month mentoring programme with professional architects with a design brief at its core, set by Open City and The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Supporting architectural practices

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris ArchitectsDow Jones ArchitectsGrimshaw Architects  
Jestico + Whiles | Lipton Plant ArchitectsPRP ArchitectsSheppard Robson Architects 
Stephen Taylor ArchitectsSquire and Partnersvan Heyningen and Haward Architects 
Wilkinson Eyre Architects

About Open City

Open City is London's leading architecture education organisation. It champions the value of well-designed places and spaces in making a liveable and vibrant city, and the role everyone plays within it.

Open City aims to open people’s eyes to the power of the built environment to inspire, engage and raise aspirations. Through a portfolio of pubic, professional and learning initiatives focused on architectural themes and city making, Open City aims to enable Londoners of all ages and backgrounds to understand how their city is created and to shape it for the better.

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