Building for the Future


The Architecture Centre, Bristol is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that champions better buildings and places for everyone.

The Centre has the experience and expertise to support the delivery of the Construction and Built Environment Diploma (CBED) – a national qualification for 14-19 year olds.

The Building for the Future programme aims to support the delivery of the CBED by:

  • Contributing to local consortia steering groups
  • Networking with local built environment industry professionals
  • Delivering design workshop events with involvement of local BE professionals
  • Development of relevant teaching resources to support the Architecture/Design/Sustainability elements of the course
  • An inspiring visits programme to interesting regional buildings/schemes
  • CPD opportunities/support for teachers delivering the CBED
  • Strategic support/dissemination both locally and national via RIBA, CABE and Architecture Centre Network

For more information, visit the programme page.

Also, contact the centre on:

To find out more about the Construction and Built Environment Diploma visit:


Career Support with the RTPI


The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is the UK’s leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members.

The RTPI has a number of VET initiatives to help those in the planning profession find employment, legal advice and even guidance on starting a business. Their aim is to help their members through key points in their careers.

For more information visit RTPI’s Career Support page.

For students and graduates in the planning profession, the RTPI recommends that graduates approach employers through the RTPI Linked In group.

For more information, visit the RTPI’s internship and work experience page.


MADE has been developing a way to tackle the obstacles that unemployed graduates in the built environment subjects face.

MADE GRADs is a self-managing group that helps graduates launch their careers by taking on projects for the community, entering competitions and running events like CV and interview workshops.  MADE GRADs have recently completed an exciting project designing family housing for Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter as part of CABEs Design Your Own Neighbourhood Programme


Grads present proposals to group of stakeholders


Grads exhibit proposals for community to see


Grads consult the community on what they want

MADEGrads meet every Wednesday in a local architects practice, they are self managing, supporting and have a facebook page to recruit new members, where needed their work is supported by architecture tutors for example Kevin Singh, Head of the School of Architecture at BCU, and other design professionals.

The composition of the group varies as members find work, many of then citing their involvement in the group as being a way to help them find work, discover opportunities  make connections with practices, meet other graduates in the same situation and keep their skills current and give them an advantage as having worked on real life projects when applying for roles.