Guest Lecture Series: Future Architects Front

Future Architects Front: Grassroots Activism in Architecture

Future Architects Front: Grassroots Activism in Architecture

Date: Thursday 15th April 2021, 18:30 GMT (online)

A Student led Collective Initiative as part of the LSA Guest Lecture series

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The Future Architects Front was founded at the beginning of February and has already managed to create significant ripples in the profession. In two months, FAF have gained over 1800 signatures for their Open Letter, written for a number of publications, and pushed RIBA to pursue the end of unpaid overtime in chartered practices. This talk by FAF's founder will outline how all young people can organise and campaign through digital and grassroots methods in order to manifest the change they want to see - both within and without architecture. 

Future Architects Front Profile


Charlie is a recent MPhil Graduate in Architecture & Urban Design. He works primarily as a researcher and writer, critically analysing the systems that facilitate and perpetuate architectural education, practice, and culture. (I may also be joined by Priti Mohandas if her busy PhD schedule allows).

This Talk is organised as a Student led Collective Initiative as part of the LSA guest Lecture series . 

Student Groups have been established in Liverpool School of Architecture through the work of EDI committee to provide collective voices to encourage activism, influence and change, as well as supporting a culture of empowerment. The groups provide a network to voice out and act on issues and identities.

Further information at this link and below:

LSA Climate Crisis

The Liverpool School of Architecture Climate Crisis Group is student-led and tackles environmental issues within the school and the wider university context. By doing so, we hope to encourage students and staff to be more environmentally conscious. Within the school, we aim to improve on issues such as the waste material created from model making, heating inefficiencies within the Leverhulme Building, and encouraging sustainable design in our studio work.

Alongside this, we will be arranging a series of guest lecturers that talk about environmentally responsible design in architecture. Additionally, we hope to create other events such as fundraisers, and summer design competitions.

Femin.AE (Women in Architecture)

Femin.AE is a student led collective within the university who are committed to educating and empowering students and staff alike. We aim to connect students across the school and provide a space for like-minded individuals to meet, learn and educate each other about fellow women in the profession.

Our collective goals include utilising social media platforms to showcase achievements of women within the profession across the world, promote the work of students within the school and set up a reading list of recommended and relevant texts. Through guest lectures and Q&A sessions we aim to learn about the experiences of women within the profession. Long term we hope this collection of information will be used to adapt and update the curriculum to be more diverse and inclusive

Black Led Architecture Collective (BLAC)

Our group aims to create a safe space for black students to be supported and heard. BLAC focuses on racial issues within architectural education and the architectural world, with a specific look at black people’s experiences within the profession. Within this group we will provide a range of educational tools and events such as book and film clubs to get a better understanding of architecture outside of the Western world. We are also interested in organising talks and podcasts to discuss issues that are prevalent in our current climate. Along with allies from other societies, we aim to produce termly zine for the entire school with hopes to display an end of year project at the degree show

Queer Students of Architecture (QSofA)

Queer Students of Architecture welcomes all who identify as part of LGBTQ+ or are allies of the community. We provide a safe space to facilitate the discussion of issues in relation to architecture from the perspective of people of queer, and queer questioning, identities. This space promotes and encourages a group that is otherwise under-represented in the school, the profession, and the architectural curriculum.

By bringing queer identities within architecture to the forefront at an educational level, we hope to normalise and reduce the stigma surrounding sexuality in the profession and provide peer to peer support for those who may be struggling. We have a range of activities planned and are always welcome to suggestions!

Current activities include:

  • A monthly zine formed from group member contributions that raises awareness and promotes the LGBTQ+ community,
  • Readings to prompt discussion amongst members,
  • Socials, currently online, but will move to in person when safe to do so.

Our success comes from our members and we are always excited to welcome more people into the group where we promise you will always have a voice and be heard