Shape My City // Talent Accelerator Programme



1% of all British architects are black. 

12.37% of all engineers are women in the UK.

5.1% of directors and senior managers in construction are BAME.

83% of directors, and 95% of senior directors in the private planning sector are Men.*

*References for stats below



Successful cities and towns of the future need to be designed by and for everyone. Our high streets, our climate, and the houses we live in, need innovative and diverse voices to shape them. 

Shape My City: Talent Accelerator Programme seeks to change the future of the professions shaping our built and natural environment.



GET INVOLVED (Young People Aged 15 – 18) 

Are you creative and interested in designLogical and strategic? Would you like to change the world around you? 

And have you ever considered any of the following careers?: 

  • Architect 
  • Urban Designer 
  • Engineer 
  • Artist Working in the Public Realm
  • Landscape Architect 
  • Heritage consultant 
  • Construction Project Manager 
  • City Planner

Shape My City is aeducation programme for 15  18 year olds, running Sept 2020 – July 2021We seek to give talented young people opportunities they might not otherwise have. We particularly welcome female participants, students from BAME backgrounds and those from state schools & under-represented socio-economic groups.  


In the workshops and seminars, you will:  

  • Work alongside design professionals  
  • Develop teamwork, confidence & communication skills  
  • Learn about a variety of career options in the design sector & pathways to success 
  • Be assigned a mentor from a leading firm to help with university applications & work experience  
  • Connect with other creative young people from across the city & begin to create life-long networks  
  • Go on site visits to inspiring buildings

How does the programme fit around school 

The workshops run once a month on a weekday evening, from our centre on the harbour in Bristol.  


What is the Structure?

There are 10 modules on the first Wednesday of the month, 5-7pm.

What does it cost? 

The programme is free to successful applicants. The Architecture Centre will provide £5 per session for travel and an evening meal on the day.


Our current programme is now full. To register an interest for 2021 please email If you have any questions about the course, please email




“'Shape My City has changed my life & I am grateful for the doors it has helped open.'” Cai Burton, Graduate - Shape My City





GET INVOLVED (Companies) 

Could your company nurture the success of diverse talent in Bristol? 

Lead your sector as part of this Built Environment yearlong talent accelerator programme. Partner with us to deliver and inspire young people, alongside our Education team, and set them up for successful careers in the sector 

Help us to change the future workforce, and make a real difference to the lives of young people in our city. 

Take transformative action in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement.   



Hani Salih from East Bristol, now a graduate of the Manchester School of Architecture, recalls:   

“Shape My City greatly increased my passion for architecture and cemented my decision to pursue a career in the field. […] I would 100% recommend the programme to anyone who is looking to get into the built environment or a related creative industry.” 

Hani Salih, Graduate of the Shape My City Programme.



Company Benefits:  

  • Deliver on your corporate & social responsibility (CSR) through this award-winning programme 
  • Play a leading role in inspiring & encouraging diverse young people to join the sector 
  • Brand positioning: align your company logo with the programme & have it positioned on event marketing 
  • Inspire & develop your staff with opportunities to lead creative workshops & collaborate with young people 
  • Additional opportunities for staff CPD (e.g. join us for the year-end live build) 
  • Brand & logo feature in the Shape My City graduation film 


Find Out More & Sponsor 

To find out more about the programme, its benefits for both students and companies, and how to go about sponsoring Shape My City cohort, please email our Head of Programme Pippa Goldfinger on 










1% of all British architects are black.

12.37% of all engineers are women in the UK.

5.1% of directors and senior managers in construction are BAME

83% of directors, and 95% of senior directors in the private planning sector are Men