Source: Karla Gowlett
Over the past two years, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has been developing its UrbanPlan UK initiative, which aims to introduce state school students to the various careers available to them in the built environment.
Working from a model used by colleagues in the US, UrbanPlan UK challenges sixth-formers to come up with a plan for an area of a fictional city, teaching them about the considerations that go into urban planning and development in the process.
The ULI has gradually extended the reach of the project in terms of the number of schools involved and its geographical scope. This year - the first full year of the programme - UrbanPlan UK visited 24 state schools across the UK, offering workshops to more than 500 pupils and involving 200 industry volunteers.
All the students delivered a presentation and the property industry volunteers chose a winning team of students from each school.
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Last month, City Hall in London played host to the winning teams and the volunteers, who heard from speakers including David Kong from Foster & Partners, who was on the design team for City Hall, and Fred Pilbrow of Pilbrow & Partners, one of the architects behind the Heron Tower.
Students from Westminster Kingsway College and recent property graduates and apprentices also shared their career insights.
In addition, the students were able to take part in a careers advice and networking event, supported by the RICS, the Royal Town Planning Institute, Changing the Face of Property and Pathways to Property, which allowed them to explore opportunities in such areas as surveying, planning, architecture and property law with representatives from across the industry.