Event Schedule

You can check out our activities planned for 2024 below. Only W Partner practices can access these events.

If you're interested in your practice becoming a W Partner, please contact frazer.stokes@emap.com.

January 2024
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Welcome to the W Programme

Our community of W Partners have told us over the years how much they value simple networking events as an opportunity to connect with old contacts, and to make new ones. So, we listened and kicked off the 2024 Programme with a few hours of informal conversation over a few refreshments.

    

Venue: ING Media, 21 Curtain Road London, EC2A 3LT 

17:30 – 18:00 -  Welcome drink

18:00 – 18:10 - Welcome speech from Manon Mollard, editor of The Architectural Review and Emily Booth, editor of the Architects' Journal

18:10 – 18:15 - Welcome from ING Media

18:15 – 19:30 - Refreshments and networking

View more photos here

March 2024
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Spring Lecture 


Re-watch the lecture here (Only W Partners are able to watch this with the password provided)

Lecture title: Breathing spaces

Iwona Buczkowska has spent a lifetime researching and inventing spaces where we feel ‘elsewhere’. Ahead of her time, she has dedicated her practice to ecological urbanism since the 1980s.

In this lecture, the Polish-French architect and winner of the 2024 Jane Drew Prize will talk about the importance of designing fluid and friendly spaces that are bathed in light, offering multiple views and providing access to the outdoors. Rejecting standardisation and orthogonality, her architecture follows oblique planes and clings to supporting arches. From social housing to educational buildings to urban planning, Buczkowska always places the user at the centre of her design process to create living environments that are the source of simple pleasures.

Venue: AtkinsRéalis, Nova North, 11 Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5BY

May 2024
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Spring Speed Mentoring

Venue: Piercy&Co, Centro Building, 39 Plender Street, NW1 0DT

18:00 – 18:15 Guest arrival

18:15 – 18:20 Welcome from Emily Booth, Editor, Architects' Journal

18:20 – 18:50 Guest speaker from Piercy&Co

18:50 – 20:10 Mentoring

20:10 – 21:30 Networking and close

A collaboration between W Partner practices, with each practice, with mentors and mentees being matched up – at random - for an evening of learning and career development. Our speed mentoring sessions are open to 2 mentees and 1 mentor from each practice. Students will also be invited to take part when appropriate. On average, each mentor will have 4 x 15-minute mentoring sessions. Each mentee will have 2 x 15-minute mentoring sessions. This gives everyone the opportunity to talk to multiple people. Where possible, and in the interests of the W Programme’s core aim to supporting underrepresented people in architecture, we encourage all mentees that are put forward to be female or non-binary. 

W Partners: To nominate two mentees and one mentors from your organisation for this event, please liaise with our team here .

Please note, only W Partners can attend this event. 

June 2024
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Summer Networking Event

Venue: Perkins&Will, 150 Holborn, London EC1N 2NS

17:30 - 21:30

 

Our annual Summer Networking Event is an opportunity for W Partners, Sponsors and Supporters to come together informally and connect with peers and other industry voices over some refreshments.  

This year, we'll also be recognising the shortlisted and winning projects of the W Awards MJ Long prize. More information will follow on this soon.

W Partners register here
Please note, if you aren't a W Partner and sign up to this event, you wont be allowed access. 

July 2024
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Online Speed Mentoring

An online edition of our renowned speed mentoring series, making it more accessible to those that don't or cant attend our in-person events.

A collaboration between W Partner practices, with each practice, with mentors and mentees being matched up – at random - for a morning of learning and career development. Our speed mentoring sessions are open to 2 mentees and 1 mentor from each practice. Students will also be invited to take part when appropriate. On average, each mentor will have 4 x 15-minute mentoring sessions. Each mentee will have 2 x 15-minute mentoring sessions. This gives everyone the opportunity to talk to multiple people. Where possible, and in the interests of the W Programme’s core aim to supporting underrepresented people in architecture, we encourage all mentees that are put forward to be female or non-binary. 

W Partners: To nominate two mentees and one mentors from your organisation for this event, please liaise with our team here .

Please note, only W Partners can attend this event. 

September 2024
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Autumn Lecture 

In the second of our series of Lectures, we’ll be inviting a prolific and passionate speaker from the built environment community to inspire the room with their thoughts and experiences in fostering respect, inclusivity and creating better and healthier working environments in architecture.

W Partners register here

Please note, if you aren't a W Partner and sign up to this event, you wont be allowed access. 

October 2024
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Winter Speed Mentoring

A collaboration between W Partner practices, with each practice, with mentors and mentees being matched up – at random - for a morning of learning and career development. Our speed mentoring sessions are open to 2 mentees and 1 mentor from each practice. Students will also be invited to take part when appropriate. On average, each mentor will have 4 x 15-minute mentoring sessions. Each mentee will have 2 x 15-minute mentoring sessions. This gives everyone the opportunity to talk to multiple people. Where possible, and in the interests of the W Programme’s core aim to supporting underrepresented people in architecture, we encourage all mentees that are put forward to be female or non-binary. 

W Partners: To nominate two mentees and one mentors from your organisation for this event, please liaise with our team here .

Please note, only W Partners can attend this event. 

November 2024
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Winter Lecture and Networking

Venue: Zaha Hadid Architects, 101 Goswell Road London EC1V 7EZ



To round off the year and our series of Lectures, we’ll be inviting a prolific and passionate speaker from the built environment community to inspire the room with their thoughts and experiences in fostering respect, inclusivity and creating better and healthier working environments in architecture.

W Partners register here
Please note, if you aren't a W Partner and sign up to this event, you wont be allowed access.