The ‘Arup Design Programme’ (ADP) is a free design, education and mentoring programme focused on giving students from Greater London insight into the day-to-day life of engineers, designers, planners, ecologists, landscape architects and other consultants working within the built and natural environment.

The programme has successfully been run in Arup's Leeds and Manchester offices with more than 250 young people participating in the programme since 2010.

Through a week of interactive workshops and lectures, students will get an insight into the work of different professionals across the Arup London office, while working on a design task. This year, the programme will host 15 students for a week of learning and collaborative design on a selected theme: Designing a Green and Thriving London.

The students will work individually and in small groups, supported by Arup members, who will share their expertise first-hand, and advise and challenge the student’s developing knowledge; whilst giving autonomy and building confidence by encouraging them to assess the potential impact of their decision making.

This hands-on and immersive experience will allow students to apply the knowledge they gain to practice engineering and design solutions in a real-world scenario.

All activities will be organised in the Arup London office:
80 Charlotte Street

Who can apply?

Arup is inviting students in Year 10-11, ages 14-17, to apply for the ADP London 2023. Students need to be from a state school in the Greater London area.

All applications will go through a selection process and 15 students will be selected to attend the programme. If accepted, all applicants will need to attend the entire week of activities.

Why the Arup Design Programme?

An inclusive, hybrid programme which aims to inspire students who may not already be considering a STEM career; as well as those with a strong interest in the built and natural environment. Students will:

  • Discover a variety of built environment professions and career pathways.
  • Understand what different professionals do in practice, by working with them on a specific design task.
  • Explore and practice new skills in a supportive and fun environment with lots of interaction.
  • Learn design skills through a collaborative design project.
  • Learn and develop soft skills (such as presentation, communication and teamwork skills) throughout the programme.
  • Get to know students with shared interest in the built and natural environment across Greater London.

Applications for 2023 are live from 29 June. The deadline for applications is 22 September. Spaces are limited and the programme is often over-subscribed, so please apply as soon as possible.

How to apply?

To download the application form, please click on the link below. Fill out the application either on the computer or by hand, and send it to:


Arup Design Programme 2023 application form