Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to Sponsor The AF’s ‘Urban Pioneers’ Education Programme

The Architecture Foundation is delighted to announce its new partnership with internationally renowned architecture practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, who will be sponsoring the next two years of its education programme, The Urban Pioneers.

The Urban Pioneers education programme engages teams of 16-19 year olds in areas undergoing significant change, empowering them to critically explore the transformations happening around them, develop new skills, and engage with mentors. These skills are developed through a series of workshops with built environment experts including architects, engineers, filmmakers, artists, designers, planners and writers.

Since its conception in 2008 the programme has focused on the areas of Bankside, London Bridge, King’s Cross, Deptford, Battersea, the Upper Lee Valley, Barking, Canada Water, South Kilburn, and most recently Willesden Green. The programme has enjoyed great success with previous participants now studying for their A-levels, BTECS and Degrees in a wide range of subjects including sciences, animation, civil engineering and architecture.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is an international architectural practice based in London whose aim is to create architecture that contributes to improving peoples’ daily lives, and is strongly focused on sustainability, urban regeneration and social awareness. The practice has earned wide respect for their mentoring systems, close ties to local and international universities, nurturing young architects and the promotion of a collegiate approach. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners will also take a hands-on role in the Urban Pioneers programme by hosting workshops and studio tours over the term of their sponsorship.

The next Urban Pioneers programme will focus on the Heathrow area and will engage young people who live or study in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The group will take part in a series of creative workshops exploring the area’s architecture in its widest sense, with a specific focus on Heathrow Airport’s role in meeting local desires compared with national infrastructure demands.

For more information regarding The Urban Pioneers education programme please contact Education Manager Tom Keeley.