Last Updated on June 20, 2022

We are delighted to announce that two members of the Whitworth family are taking on mentoring roles in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Future Architects student mentoring scheme, alongside their roles at the practice.

RIBA hosts an annual mentoring programme for those studying architecture at university level. This allows students to receive expert advice from a practicing architect, preparing them for work experience as well as providing insight that may influence the direction of their career after leaving university.

Each academic year, around 1,000 mentees and 500 mentors take part in the scheme. The list of participating universities includes Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford and University of Cambridge, both of which are fairly local to our practice offices.

Chartered Architects Ed Thuell and Matthew Stearn (who are also Partners of the practice) will be undertaking the student mentoring scheme this year. As mentors, they will:

  • Introduce students to the realities of practice, so that they’re well-prepared for their year out​
  • Help them to think about their future career direction​
  • Give mentored students support and guidance

Mentoring students is extremely rewarding and many currently practicing architects would no doubt agree that they would have benefited greatly from the guidance of a mentor during their studies. Not only can a mentor provide insight into the profession, but the experience can also be added to a student’s CV, increasing its attractiveness to potential employers.

If you are a student and you would like to find out more, read about RIBA’s Future Architects student mentoring scheme.