Architectural Assistant, Abigail Patel, has helped launched RIBA Future Architects, a new RIBA-backed network and community group designed to support emerging architects as they embark on their careers.
Abigail was student representative on the RIBA National Council for 18 months, stepping into the role Co-Vice President of students and associate in her final six months. During this time, she worked with her fellow student / associate representatives Selasi Setufe (also one of the founders of the Black Females in Architecture) and Simeon Shtebunaev to develop the network, after identifying a gap in the market for a network directed specifically at aspiring architects.
Earlier this year, they gained approval from the RIBA’s chief executive following submission of their proposed business plan, and since then the group have been working with a team in RIBA North East the develop the programme’s pilot year (September 2019 – 2020).
RIBA Future Architects is a network and a community for future and emerging architects, designed to support, inspire and provide students with a voice as they transition from study to practice. Future Architects offers a way for students to engage with the profession at the start of their career and provides ongoing support to students and early career professionals through their educational journey.
The network was officially launched by RIBA earlier this month with a new webpage that features inspiring and creative content, skills support and insight from practices and professionals. To coincide with the launch, network is also running a writing competition in collaboration with the RIBA Journal, giving students and early career professionals an opportunity to showcase the voice of the next generation.
To find out more about the network, click here.