New Architecture Writers

Applications open for design writing programme aimed at BAME young people


Applications have opened for a newly launched programme aimed at black and minority ethnic young people hoping to explore a career in design writing. New Architecture Writers (NAW) is a free course for emerging architecture critics, intended to develop the journalistic skills, editorial connections and critical voice of its participants.

NAW focuses on BAME emerging writers who are under-represented across design journalism and curation. A London-based series of evening workshops, talks and writing briefs spread out over 12 months form the core of NAW’s programme with one-to-one mentoring from experienced design critics and editors throughout.


Board members Adrian Lahoud, Lesley Lokko, David Ogunmuyiwa, Farshid Moussavi and Shumi Bose. 

The project’s board includes international architect Farshid Moussavi; the architect, academic and novelist Lesley Lokko; dean of architecture at the Royal College of Art, Adrian Lahoud; curator and educator Shumi Bose; and the architect and design advisor to the Mayor of London David Ogunmuyiwa.

NAW is led by Phineas Harper and Tom Wilkinson, and supported by the Architectural Review magazine, the Architecture Foundation and the Royal College of Art.

Applications for the programme are now open with a deadline of 1 November. Instructions for applying and more information are available at