Helping establish the next generation of Architects

22 Feb 2016
Posted by Croft Goode

Helping establish the next generation of Architects

Becoming a fully qualified architect is a long and challenging journey, but thanks to the RIBA student mentoring scheme, more and more architect students are becoming better prepared for when they enter the workplace, and we are proud to now be a part of that.

For the last few months, Croft Goode’s Neil Monk, Duncan Hammond and James Kelly have been mentoring undergraduate students from leading Universities and Schools of Architecture in the North West.

James - RIBA Student Mentoring

James is currently mentoring Architecture students James Soeno, Bracken Roots and Ben Jackson from Liverpool John Moores University.

As RIBA Chartered Architects, Neil, Duncan and James are eligible for the mentoring scheme, which is offered by RIBA through the firm’s regional offices. It is designed to practically prepare third-year students for their upcoming year out in the workplace, where they will gain an insight into practice and enhance their overall learning experience.


James took his three mentees on a visit to see the progress at Fleetwood Town FC.

Living in Preston, Neil was keen to become a mentor at the University of Central Lancashire and now regularly meets with his mentees: Donna, Stephen and Ollie, to offer help, advice and useful guidance on their careers.

Speaking about how he got involved with the scheme, Neil said: “While I was aware of other regional schemes that had been set up, it wasn’t until I attended an introductory meeting about the RIBA scheme that I immediately saw the potential benefits for the students, given my own and other colleague’s experience of architectural education”.

“The mentoring scheme wasn’t around when I was undertaking my Part I course and there’s no doubt I would’ve found it extremely beneficial. I hope that passing on my tips on CV writing and getting the most out of the year out in the workplace will give my mentees plenty of confidence as they look to progress their architectural careers post degree.”

Duncan - RIBA Mentoring

Estelle Ang, from the Manchester School of Architecture, has previously been into the Croft Goode offices to meet with Duncan, most recently in December 2015.

Following initial success of the mentoring project in Manchester that was set up by RIBA North West, the scheme was established in Architectural schools across the region and Croft Goode, along with many other practices, were keen to get involved.

Find out more about the RIBA mentoring scheme.