Nottingham universities partner with key industry players to shape the architects of the future

Leonard Design Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in the East Midlands have teamed up with Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham as part of a nationwide RIBA mentoring scheme to develop the next generation of architects.

A group of third year architectural students from both universities will be exploring a day in the life of a qualified architect, with a number of professionals at Leonard Design on Monday 5 February as part of the scheme, which provides an introduction to the working environment for the students.

The award-winning architectural practice is headquartered in Nottingham and has three further offices in London, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, Australia, and works on projects all over the world.

The students will begin their week by gaining an understanding of some of the key projects Leonard Design is currently working on. This will include a tour around a historic building on Carrington Street, which is currently derelict but plans have recently been submitted to the City Council by Leonard Design to transform it into several vibrant retail units and commercial office space.

The area is the gateway into Nottingham and connects Nottingham railway station with the new Broadmarsh car park and bus station – another site which Leonard Design is also working on in partnership with the City Council.

Students will also get the opportunity to speak to the team responsible for 19-26 Carrington Street to understand how the street in this bustling area of the city will be regenerated.

John Morgan, director at Leonard Design Architects, said: “This is a really positive initiative. By working closely with Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham and the RIBA we’re able to provide these undergraduates with a fully-rounded view of the work an architect undertakes with a project onsite.

“I became an architect because of my passion for developing towns and cities across the world – it really is a lifestyle. Our aim is to not only inspire these students but to give them an insight into the types of opportunities available to them if they were to stay and work in Nottingham at the end of their studies.”