Student mentoring scheme

In autumn 2012 RIBA London launched a pilot mentoring scheme with Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. Following the success of that programme we are now expanding to work with a second school of architecture - London South Bank University.

The scheme involves matching third year Part 1 students to architect mentors, and aims to offer an important insight into practice life and the work of architects.

Student mentees meet their mentor at an introductory evening at the university. At the event architects present a brief overview of their studio to the whole student group – this pecha kucha helps the students appreciate the diversity of practices in London today.


Students discussing plans with their mentor at a recently completed project

After the launch, the groups arrange a minimum of three further half day sessions. The mentoring experiences may include:  

  • contact time in the architect’s office
  • attending site visits
  • shadowing meetings with other members of the design team.

'As a small practice we found it most interesting to be engaging with the students in this informal manner and if I was in their shoes it would have been an invaluable experience.' Tristan Wigfall, Alma-nac.

The scheme is not a work placement or additional tuition, but an important way for students to learn about the profession; some of the participating students wrote about their experiences on the AJ student pages.  

For further information please contact Laura Broderick:

Note: the London scheme was inspired by the model developed by RIBA South/South East. 


Supporting practices: 3D Reid, Alma-nac, Appleton Weiner Ltd, Architecture Workshop, BDP, Child Graddon Lewis, Conran and Partners, Crossrail, David Chipperfield Architects, Duggan Morris Architects, ECD Architects, Farrells, Gensler, Hawkins\Brown, Haworth Tompkins, Henley Halebrown Rorrison, HLM, Jeff Kahane and Associates, John Cooper Architecture, Kirkwood McCarthy, Krause Architects, Martha Schwartz Partners, Michaelis Boyd Associates, Mountford Piggott, Mustard Architects, Nick Willson Architects, Paul Davis & Partners, pH+, Purcell, Rise Design Studio, Rivington Street Studio, Sanya Polescuk Architects, Sheppard Robson, Simon Whitehead Architects, Stanton Williams, StudioAR, Studio Meda, Swanke Hayden Connell and Woods Bagot.

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