Blueprint for All and Populous announce exciting new partnership.

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Date: 7th May 2024

Type: News

Blueprint for All are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the global, award winning architectural design practice Populous as part of our long-standing Programme: Building Futures in the Built Environment. 

Working with communities of all sizes and across a range of disciplines, Populous specialises in the design of stadiums, arenas, large-scale venues and live events. With more than 1,000 staff and offices on four continents, the firm’s portfolio includes the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Wembley Stadium, EmiratesStadium, the O2 and the Super Bowl.

For many, the cost of starting an architecture course, never mind completing Part 2, is prohibitive. Many young talents are deterred before they even start, and the dropout rate amongst students of diverse ethnic heritage is disproportionately high. We therefore will focus on supporting diverse and under-represented young people in the Built Environment and Design industries with the help of the bursaries funded by Populous.

Bursaries can be used to support vital expenses such as travel, trips, equipment, software, laptops, printing, accommodation and the general cost of living. The money that recipients receive from these awards can often be lifechanging, the deciding factor in whether a student can complete their studies or not.

Alongside awarding bursaries and volunteering their industry expertise, Populous will support students through 1:1 mentoring, offering advice and guidance as they navigate their higher educational journey. With the support of their mentor, participants can expand their skills and strengthen their job applications through a range of areas:

  • Adapting to an online world
  • Interview techniques
  • CV & Portfolio building
  • Q&A on the future of architecture
  • Employability skills
  • Software tutorials (CAD/BIM etc.)
  • Drawing/representation skills
  • Presentation practice
"I've had the pleasure of working closely with the Blueprint for All team for several years now and have witnessed first-hand the important work of the organisation in building a more inclusive society where everyone is given the opportunity to thrive. When the opportunity arose for Populous to partner with the team on their Building Futures programme, enabling young people of diverse ethnic heritage to pursue a career in architecture, we knew immediately that we wanted to be part of it. From personal experience working in human resources in the architecture and engineering industry for 20+ years, I recognise the value of the opportunities the programme will provide through bursary contributions, site tours at Populous venues and focused workshops with our staff. This is vital work, and we at Populous are immensely proud to be a part of it."
Heather Storry, Principal/Head of People at Populous

Populous are set to deliver and host a range of exciting workshops and activities throughout 2024, another area of the incredible work that will come out of our new partnership. If you are interested in expanding your skills and strengthening your job applications, make sure to keep an eye on My Blueprint for All for upcoming opportunities.