New Architecture Writers 2019/20

Apply now for our free writing course aimed at aspiring BAME design critics

Launched in 2017, New Architecture Writers (NAW) is a free writing course for aspiring BAME design critics. The programme is returning for its second year and has opened applications for emerging design writers to join its second cohort.

NAW develops the journalistic skill, editorial connections and critical voice of its participants through a series of evening workshops, talks and writing briefs spread out over approximately fifteen months with one-to-one mentoring from experienced design critics and editors throughout. NAW focuses on black and minority ethnic architecture writers who are under-represented across design journalism and curation.

The programme is designed to sit manageably alongside a full time job, studies or caring responsibilities without becoming a major source of stress. At the same time it is an ambitious programme challenging its members to explore new forms of writing, test new ideas and read adventurously. The course comprises primarily of evening sessions, which will occur roughly once every two weeks, with occasional weekend sessions. NAW has no participation or tuition fees; however, we are unable to provide expenses to students on the course 

How to Apply

To apply to join the project, prospective NAW members should send a short CV and an original piece of issues-led writing using our online application form.

The deadline for applications is Sunday the 3rd of February at noon GMT.


Your brief is to write a short article picking up on a contemporary issue and developing it for an architectural audience. This piece should frame a political, social, economic, environmental or another story in a way that informs the reader. You should identify a specific issue with relevance to architecture about which to educate the reader, and draw out stimulating conclusions.

For example, you could choose a story directly connected to architectural practice such as developments in Cross Laminated Timber technology. Alternatively, you could pick up on a wider news story such as Trump’s border wall and the ethical implications it raises for designers and contractors working in the built environment.

You should keep in mind the need to bring new information to the table throughout the article. Your word count is short at just 500 words so brevity is key.


Applicants must be aged 30 and under and should be residents in or near London, where the programme will take place.

The course is intended for BAME students only and is not open to white applicants including white British and white European candidates.

NAW applications are open to all designers and students interested in developing their architectural writing practice. Applicants do not need to have journalistic experience nor necessarily be intent on pursuing a career in journalism.

All applicants must be able to commit to roughly one evening per fortnight. In addition, applicants should be able to commit sufficient time to take on written briefs, which will be set approximately every five to six weeks throughout the programme.