Shape My City

Shape My City is a year-round programme involving 15-19 year olds in design and place-making.

Shape My City is an innovative careers and participation programme for young people, targeted at girls and those from diverse backgrounds, but open to anyone aged 15-18 years old.


Through a year long series of engaging workshops, participants have the opportunity to:

  • become more aware of diverse career options available (in built environment and design sectors) and what they involve
  • gain understanding of the design process by working with design professionals and university students
  • develop teamwork, confidence and communication skills, essential to the world of work/study
  • have their design talent celebrated through public exhibitions, events and live projects
  • access informal mentoring to support college projects, university applications and work experience
  • achieve nationally recognised accreditation (Arts Award)
  • connect with other creative young people form across the city
  • go on site visits to inspiring buildings.

The Shape My City programme runs each year from March – December.

Applications are now closed for the 2019 programme. Applications for the 2020 programme open in December 2019, in advance of this please email: to register your interest in the 2020 programme.

Find out what previous participants think of the Shape My City programme

Visit the Shape My City project blog:

“A great example of quality work experience for our young people, recognising the significance of supporting diversity and equality in place making and opening up work experience opportunities to traditionally under-represented groups.” Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Bristol City Council