Kick-off at DMA’s Virtual Design Academy

Monday, February 14th, 2022

We have just kicked off DMA’s Virtual Design Academy at 9am this morning, the first day of the half term break.

The students were given a general introduction to the architecture and construction industry, and to DMA’s London and Liverpool offices by Director, Anna Davies. DMA’s mentors introduced themselves and then the students introduced themselves and why they wanted to take part in the VDA. Their inspirations came from architecture ranging from Zaha Hadid to Frank Lloyd Wright, whilst one student, Jack, is really interested in hyper-realistic builds, coming from a keen interest in game design.

Anna ‘walked’ through what their week of experience would look like and how the VDA tasks relate to what happens in real life, working as architects. Then Architectural Assistant, Reihaneh, talked through Site Analysis with the students, and now they are all set up on their first task.

This is the third time that we have run our virtual work placement programme, which we have developed and trialled over the last 21 months, allowing us to expand our work experience offer to more young people across the UK.  You can read more about this initiative in the RIBA Journal here.