BCU Students to Represent Future Architects

Headshots of eight BCU students chosen as Student Ambassadors

Eight students from Birmingham School of Architecture and Design have been successful in the competition for selection in the first cohort of Birmingham Architectural Association’s newly-launched Student Ambassador programme. Alongside ambassadors from Coventry University and Wolverhampton University, they will represent architecture and design students and provide a voice for future architects in the West Midlands.

Birmingham Architectural Association (BAA) is the local branch of RIBA, bringing together architects, built environment professionals and creatives from practices and universities across Birmingham and the region. BAA aims to offer support and share knowledge through workshops, events, publications and their contribution to local and national design boards.

The Student Ambassador programme will give the ambassadors the chance to grow their networks, develop skills and taking an active role in shaping the future of the profession as they engage with architects and potential employers from over 100 local practices.

The successful candidates from Birmingham City University are:

BA (Hons) Architecture
Dunia El-Zahawi
Emily Haigh
Widuri Clare
AB Mukadam

MArch Architecture
Tegan Robinson-Morris
Kyle Conway

MA Interior Architecture and Design
Sophie Holbeche
Catherine Abdelshahid

The ambassadors will be encouraged to pitch and run their own events for young architects across the region. They will also have the opportunity to represent Birmingham City University at RIBA West Midland’s Education, Research & Practice Special Interest Group and participate in the Future Architects network both regionally and nationally.

Professor Hannah Vowles, Interim Head of School and Dr Matthew Jones, Director of Technical Studies of Birmingham School of Architecture & Design said:

“We’re immensely proud of our successful students who will benefit enormously from this exciting opportunity to both represent the School and shape the future of the professions and in our region and nationally. We’re looking forward to seeing how this collaboration with BAA can help to reinforce connections between the university and the city to tackle the various challenges including climate change which are set to have a significant impact on the design professions.”

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