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Young architects sought for National Infrastructure Commission panel


The National Infrastructure Commission has announced plans for a Young Professionals Panel, made up of young architects, designers and planners

The commission is calling on up-and-coming architects to apply for the 20-strong panel, which will advise the body as it develops the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Assessment.

All those sitting on the panel, which was launched by the commission’s chair Andrew Adonis, will be paid a daily rate of £250 plus expenses. 

DRMM director Sadie Morgan (pictured), who sits on the commission, is encouraging young architects to apply.

‘At the heart of what the commission does is being open to new approaches and ideas,’ she said. ‘As a young architect I was brimming with creativity and would have jumped at the chance to be part of something like this.

‘If you’re an infrastructure evangelist whose enthusiasm and passion needs an outlet, then I urge you to get in touch. This is a great opportunity to make your mark and help us build a legacy across the country for generations to come.’

The commission says is seeking applications from a range of different backgrounds, and is ‘interested in applications from designers and data scientists as much as from civil engineers, environmental scientists and surveyors’.

The commission is also committed to promoting diversity through its work, and is welcoming applications from women, as well as those who are LGBT, disabled and from minority ethnic groups. 

Photo credit: Kajsa Kax

How to apply

Applications for the Young Professionals Panel should be sent to enquiries@nic.gsi.gov.uk by 5 January 2018. Your entry should set out the ideas, interests and expertise you would bring to the NIC, and also include a short article of up to 500 words on what the UK’s most important 21st-century infrastructure project will be and why. Applicants should have between two and ten years’ experience in a field related to infrastructure, but the commission states it is ‘not going to define what that means in advance – it’s up to you to make the case’. 

Further application details can be found here.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Is this not a clear breach of the age discrimation rules?

    I'm slightly put out at the suggestion from a government body that because I am over 50 I lack creativity, enthusiasm and passion, and am not able to come up with new ideas.

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  • Paul Testa

    I don't think anyone is suggesting any kind of discrimination. Young professionals often feel too inexperienced to be able to contribute to panels such as this and wouldn't apply. This is a call to have all voices heard, rather than just those from the more experienced end of the spectrum.

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  • Industry Professional

    There is no age limit mentioned on the application information, so if you consider yourself young - in body, mind, idea - then i guess you should apply.

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