Architecture Centre Awarded Multi-Year Education Funding

Local businesses invited to match this success

The Architecture Centre has been recognised for its national excellence in place-based learning and transformational careers programmes with two significant funding awards.

Passionate about connecting the next generation with architecture and place-making, and recognising the need to diversify built environment career pathways, The Architecture Centre becomes Bristol’s catalyst for change, running projects from 2019 that have a direct impact on the lives of their young participants.

Most recently, the Architecture Centre was awarded a two-year local investment by Nisbet Trust for the creative careers programme Shape My City. A life-changing programme, Shape My City inspires and upskills young people through architecture and placemaking, whilst connecting them with the professional sector locally. Focussed on young people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds aged 15-19 years old, the programme is committed to providing quality work-related learning opportunities and diversifying the built environment sector.

Since 2014, the Architecture Centre has directly mentored 60 young people and hosted 45 professional workshops, site visits and live projects.

Speaking of the opportunities gained by the programme, Hani Salih (class of 2014) said:

Quite honestly, it changed my life and I am grateful for the doors it helped open for me and others. I distinctly remember coming away from each session feeling inspired and motivated – each one leaving me more excited to start my studies than the last. I really liked the programme’s focus on the other disciplines within the built environment. It was the programme’s diverse approach to these disciplines, ranging from arts to engineering and everything in between, that really opened my eyes to what is possible.

Hani, formerly of Hanham Bristol, has since completed his studies at Manchester School of Architecture, and is currently undertaking his Part 1 placement at Maccreanor Lavington Architects’ Rotterdam office.

Following this initial investment The Architecture Centre are calling on corporations with a presence in the region to match this investment from Nisbet Trust and help us create change locally.

‘Underpinning the Shape My City programme is the belief that, if we are to design an inclusive and successful city, we must involve diverse built environment professionals, representative of contemporary Bristol. Creating career opportunities for diverse young people is vital to this. We invite organisations locally who share our beliefs to partner with us to deliver this change’  Dr Anna Rutherford, Director, The Architecture Centre


Announcing Major Investment from Paul Hamlyn Foundation


In a double win for the Architecture Centre, we are delighted to lead My Place, Our Place, the UK’s first research project into place-based learning in an early years setting, following a significant grant by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. In partnership with the University of Bristol and 5x5x5=creativity, the project aims to develop and test methodologies (notably the Reggio Emilia approach) to creatively encourage the very youngest in our society to connect with, and be inspired by, ‘place’. The project commences this spring with local artists Catherine Boot and Kirsty Claxton working with Bristol City Council Children’s Centres in Lawrence Hill and Knowle.

As co-founder of the national platform Generation Place, The Architecture Centre continues to be at the forefront of design education in the UK.


Get Involved


If you would like to partner on our education programmes please get in touch. We have a number of opportunities including becoming the lead corporate partner, sponsoring a young person’s individual career pathway or sponsoring a careers workshop.

Email our Director to start a conversation:

The Architecture Centre education programmes are generously supported by Nisbet Trust and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. With partnership support from UWE and the University of Bristol.