A programme of art, architecture and infrastructure to mark the centenary of the UK’s biggest council housing estate


Open City



October 2021 – May 2022

The Accelerate programme consists of a series of twelve free workshops and mentoring from a qualified architect, for young people interested in going on to undergraduate study in architecture and the built environment industries. It is run by Open City in collaboration with University College of London's Bartlett School of Architecture and University of Arts London's Central St Martins.

This pioneering education and mentoring programme is aimed at increasing diversity in the built environment profession. It gives young people aged 16-18 from London state schools and under-represented communities the confidence and skills needed to make strong university applications to study architecture and other related courses.

Open City is a charity dedicated to making London and its architecture more open, accessible and equitable. It engages all citizens, particularly from under-represented backgrounds, in architecture and city-making. Its programmes – from the Open House Festival and its international network, to their pioneering education projects – open up buildings, conversations and careers to those normally locked out of them.

The Accelerate programme is supported by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham and Be First.