London
15-18
years old

Architecture

career insights
2 weeks • July 2024
Gain advanced pre-university insights into Architecture & Design in the heart of London, England
Prepare for your future on the Immerse™ Architecture & Design programme
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Career-focused Architecture programme in London

On this unique programme, you will explore real-world issues relating to the context of your chosen subject, working alongside other academically talented participants to innovate and pitch groundbreaking ideas. Interactive workshops and networking events offer you the opportunity to learn from professionals in the business. 

Participants have the opportunity to learn more about architecture from leaders in the field.
Students will hear from speakers working at London’s top firms, they’ll get hands on with architectural modelling and experience the highlights of life as an architect.

Overview
Business Management Summer School

Learn from exceptional institutions and industry leaders changing the world of Architecture & Design

One of the most exciting parts of the Career Insights programme is the unique opportunity for participants to attend inspiring industry visits whereby you can interact and learn from industry professionals in your field of study. Industry visits take learning out of the classroom and into the real world, where you can observe and explore how the skills and knowledge built throughout the programme apply to a career in your subject. This unique aspect of our programme ensures students also gain the chance to network directly with industry professionals who may share with you opportunities you hadn’t otherwise envisioned. 

Industry Workshops
Students making digital drawings on a tablet

Discover unique industry insights

Through inspiring guidance by industry experts, you can expect a wide range of interactive tours to spark further curiosity about disciplines to pursue within the field of Architecture & Design. Workshops and visits include:

The Building Centre

The Building Centre is a hub for the built environment, providing a platform for the exchange and development of knowledge. Established in 1931, the Building Centre is unique in representing and bringing together the different disciplines that form the built environment industry. Students will explore the exhibits at the Building Centre, and use this as a basis for creating their own project or piece by the end of their visit.

E-Architect Walking Tour of Canary Wharf

E-Architect was founded by Adrian Welch + Isabelle Lomholt, both trained architects in the UK. Their resources offer news, events, tours, competitions, awards, architects listings & jobs for the next generation of architects. This experience will allow students to engage in a walking tour of key London sites; learning about the history, the buildings, and the architecture of the area.

Sample Workshop Activities
Academic

Find out what it takes to work in the industry through real-world projects

You will explore concepts and share ideas in small groups of like-minded and ambitious peers from around the world. In classes averaging 7 students, you will be guided by expert project leads who offer an insight into their industry.

Our rigorous vetting process guarantees that all participants are taught by engaging and supportive educators who are, most of all, enthusiastic about sharing their expertise to ensure our summer school teaching is of the highest quality. Immerse™ is an unrivalled academic experience.

  • Average class size of 7

    Maximum class size of 10 students
  • 1:1 Career Coaching

    Personal support and guidance for success
  • Professional development workshops

    Building essential skills for success
  • World-class experience

    Learn from experts leading the way

Guest speakers from previous summers

Philosopher, author & journalist

Dr Nigel Warburton

How do great people find answers to deep and meaningful questions?
Former Olympian

Abi Oyepitan

A two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Gold and Silver winning track and field athlete.
Neuroscientist & entrepreneur

Dr Lynda Shaw

A journey in personal development - how to create your own set of tools to fast track success
Tutors & Speakers
Reviews
Our Alumni says

The lessons I’ve been participating in have definitely been different to what I’m used to and class back home. There’s been more discussion-based activities with a different lecture style. It’s a broad range of different types of ways to learn. And there’s also some time for us to learn and independently some time to work on our personal projects.

My tutor is Panos. He’s an architect from Greece, who’s a lecturer at Cambridge. He’s been teaching us about architectural history, the concepts in architecture and how to work as an architect. He’s been combining parts from the architecture course with his own prior experience in the industry. This programme has definitely solidified my chosen university and what course I should take.

Sean J
Attended Immerse in 2022
Residential Architecture Participant (16 - 18)
5/5

Experience London Life

Unbeatable excursions

The Career Insights timetable includes a fantastic social and cultural programme with the following excursions:

  • Visit iconic London landmarks
  • Explore a world-famous museum after dark
  • Learn new skills at an indoor skate park
  • Catch award-winning theatre on the West End
  • Experience exceptional urban regeneration at the Olympic Park
  • Experience London Life

    Activities

    Live and study in
    London

    red bus in a street

    Live in the Heart of London

    Career Insights takes place in our capital city, renowned as a hub of creativity, innovation and vibrant culture.

    Home to more iconic buildings and landmarks than any other place in the world, London is a place to be inspired and enjoy direct access to the industries of the future.

    UCL Accommodation Common Room

    Dynamic and comfortable accommodation

    Career Insights students will stay at Astor College. UCL’s award-winning student accommodation in the heart of Fitzrovia, with iconic London locations at walking distance in every direction.

    The residence boasts of modern communal lounges a furnished outdoor courtyard and attractive open plan dining areas.

    This will be your home away from home as you engage in an exciting industry-focussed programme to help shape your future.

    UCL Campus

    World-class facilities

    With accommodation perfectly placed to explore the sights and sounds of our capital city, living in London means being connected with world-famous universities and iconic landmarks.

    Located between Bloomsbury and Kings Cross, we make the most of our great location with visits to industry hubs across the city, enjoying the incredible food, culture and history on offer.

    Our accommodation offers a comfortable, convenient base from which to explore the city.

    Accommodation

    Pastoral care and safety

    An accredited provider of academic short courses

    Immerse Education is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the leading mark of educational quality for the academic sector. Our accreditation with the BAC sends a positive and clear message to students and partners that they are studying with a trusted and reliable provider who has met a series of globally recognised quality assurance standards, both in terms of academic provision and student welfare.

    The safety and well-being of our participants is our number one priority, and all staff undergo enhanced background checks and receive thorough safeguarding training before interacting with any students.

    For more information, please visit our Pastoral Information page.

    Pastoral Care

    Meet Immerse's mentors and
    college managers

    All of our team members are approachable and supportive. Check out some of our previous team:
    • Eliza, Cambridge
      Eliza's infectious enthusiasm - from the academic sessions to the talent show -means that she's a firm favourite amongst Immerse students.
    • Dylan, Cambridge
      Dylan has been both an Immerse Mentor and a College Manager twice! He's known for going the extra mile to make the Immerse experience exceptional.
    • Ore, Cambridge
      Ore participated in Immerse as a student before joining the team whilst studying at Cambridge, relating her Immerse experience to new students.
    • Maia, Cambridge
      Maia is a Cambridge University Theology student who participated in the Immerse Philosophy programme.
    • Murray, Cambridge
      Murray is an enthusiastic Medicine student at Cambridge University, who is always eager to help Immerse students make the best of their experience.
    • Olivia, Cambridge
      Olivia studies Medicine at Cambridge and has a knack for making friends with each of her mentor 'family' - creating a home away from home.
    Pastoral Care

    Immerse™ Architecture & Design Sample Modules

    To see how the programme is structured, view the Career Insights timetable here.
    • Module 1 - Architectural Design Development

      This module will introduce you to the key principles of architectural design, from balance to rhythm, emphasis to contrast, to visual, proportion and scale. You will establish an understanding of the fundamental link between creative design, technological, environmental considerations, and social and historical context, and how these factors may influence an architectural design project.
    • Module 2 - Architectural Design Realisation

      Architectural Design Realisation
      Your creative design skills will be pushed into the next stage of the design process in this module - the realisation of design concepts into technical details and visualizations. You will be tasked with bringing an idea to life, using architectural design software and design principles taught in the previous unit. This module is designed to challenge and advance your technical skills in the field.
    • Module 3 - The Science of Materials

      The Science of Materials
      In this module, you will be exposed to the scientific principles of materials used in architecture, engineering and construction. The goal of this unit is to build a firm understanding of the tools used in the field and the questions an architect may need to consider when pursuing a design concept.
    • Module 4 - Sustainable Refurbishment

      Sustainable Refurbishment
      This unit will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to identify refurbishment solutions that can improve a building’s performance, align it with future needs, and produce reports and record drawings of buildings. You will have the chance to examine current issues in relation to global warming and explore how modern architects are finding solutions to these complex problems in their designs. You will apply the knowledge and skills taught by producing your own sustainable refurbishment plan for a building of your choice.
    • Module 5 - Free-Hand Architectural Designs

      Free-Hand Architectural Designs
      Drawings are a means of communication that can solve many problems when it comes to representing an architectural space and its elements. Learn how to draw, by hand, an entire architectural design with basic graphical representations as well as different observational techniques and custom atmospheres. Floor plans, sections, facades, and different perspectives, are some of the elements you will be able to draw by the end of this module.
    • Module 6 - Introduction to Interior Design

      Introduction to Interior Design
      Learn to develop an interior design project from a client’s vision to the detailed preparation of the final project. In this module, you will explore the world of interior design, form an understanding of how measurements and proportions work, as well as establishing the right criteria when selecting materials, lighting, colours, and textures for the best result.
    • Module 7 - Digital Illustrations

      Digital Illustrations
      Ideas are brought to life in this module where you’ll learn how to portray spaces in a semi-realistic way, creating a bridge between the technical and the artistic. You will learn how to generate an illustrated presentation of an architectural project, focusing on two aspects, axonometric and pedestrian, to enable you to effectively communicate the idea behind an architectural project, with artistic flair. This part of the unit will inform your personal project as you build digital designs that will be a part of a design portfolio.
    • Module 8 - Collaging

      Collaging
      Collaging is one of the many ways you can express an architectural design project, involving the use of evocative images to effectively share an idea with a client. In this module, you will learn the foundations of the digital collage technique to represent your own architectural project, using different programs and plug-ins for modelling and image editing. By the end of this module, you will have the tools to create collages to share your vision effectively with others.
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    Modules
    • 30th June – 13th July 2024

    • 14th – 27th July 2024

    13 nights accommodation in central London
    Breakfast and dinner included on campus (lunch included for students aged 13-14)
    Visits to leading industries
    40 hours of project sessions from subject experts
    Real-world project workshops
    1:1 Career Coaching
    Full and half day excursions to iconic London landmarks
    Formal dinner at a top London restaurant
    Graduation ceremony and certificate
    Detailed Career Development Plan from your personal coach
    Comprehensive summer school insurance
    Mentor family photograph

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