• 17 Jun 2024 to 22 Jun 2024
  • 06 Days
  • On-Site | London
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Program Fee: INR 69000 + GST
    (Program fee is exclusive of the cost of travel, accommodation, and food)
  • For practicing Architects and Urban Designers interested in experiencing global practices.


CEPT Professional Programs (CPP) has developed a unique professional development program for architecture and urban design practitioners. It will include visits, immersive study, and interaction with leading urban practitioners in London. The study tour will provide an international perspective on issues of architecture, infrastructure design, urban design, and placemaking, as well as learning from examples and experiences in one of the world’s preeminent world cities. The program will include:

  • Walking tours and visits to significant recent developments in London.
  • Meeting and discussing with practitioners in urban design, infrastructure design, and planning.
  • Interactive workshop discussions with Steven Smith, anchor of this program, and a few invited London architects.
  • Visits to select heritage areas
  • Time allocated for visits and tours of particular interest to individual participants.


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Program Faculty

Steven Smith

Architect & Urbanist
Director, urbannarrative

A Srivathsan

Urban Designer and Architectural Scholar
Head, Centre for Research in Architecture and Urbanism, CRDF

Program Structure

This Six-day On-site Advance Exposure Program in London will focus on the following:

  • The eastern side of London was traditionally the poorer side—an urban landscape of docks, industry, workers' housing, and communities. For many decades, as London transformed into a largely post-industrial economy, the East End has been transformed. The new financial district of Canary Wharf and the Olympic Games led to the regeneration of the Lea Valley, which is the most striking response to this process of urban change. We will be critically assessing these urban transformations during a series of guided walks and visits.
    The themes to be explored will include High-density high-rise London, adapting and interpreting international precedents, event-driven regeneration, the Olympic Games legacy, and post-industrial urbanism.

  • London is also growing westwards, redeveloping the industrial landscapes of southwest central London. We will explore this vector of urban growth, starting with the restoration of Battersea Power Station, one of London’s greatest industrial icons, and the regeneration of the adjacent lands.
    The themes to be explored will include Essential public transport, reinventing an architectural icon, new retail space, 21st-century public / semi-public space design, high-density mid-rise development, iconic overloads, the search for authentic high-rise domestic architecture for London, London’s expanding central area, and repurposing the river Thames.

  • Having explored the eastern and western urban growth areas, the tour's focus now turns to the City of London, where Roman London was founded in 43 AD. The city is now the economic powerhouse of London and the UK. It is an urban landscape of continuity and change, ancient history and innovation, and architecture from every period of London’s history closely packed together in an ancient streetscape.
    The themes to be explored will include the presence of the past, the future of the city, planning and governance, and the workplace of the future.

  • The 20-year regeneration of 67 acres of the railway sidings and coal yards around Kings Cross and St Pancras Stations is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest urban regeneration projects. The project is a model for transport-related development around high-speed international, national rail and underground services that have gradually been developed around the site since the 1850s. A new mixed-use city district was created in a previously ‘void’ location. Later, we will explore the design and construction of the Elizabeth Line - London’s newest railway.
    The themes to be explored will include the origins and development of public transport, creating a system from chaotic beginnings, hyper-connectivity and urbanism, and the challenges and success of building a new railway line through London.

  • After several days of site visits, today's tour will focus on reflection and discussion about what we have seen. Presentations from several practitioners in London from companies of different scales and various professional disciplines will provide insights into working in London. These meetings will explore professional institutional and practice issues. The tour leaders will advise participants on setting their own individual agendas for the tour's final days.
    The day ends with a tour group dinner for relaxation, continuing discussion, and celebration.

  • Pressure for growth within the City of London has resulted in many new developments around the City boundary. We will visit three of these during this stage of the tour. The Barbican is an example of a post-war utopian vision of city living built on the extensive area of bomb-damaged sites to the north of the city. Broadgate is a 1980s office-led development that pioneered air-rights development over railway land around Liverpool Street Station. Forty years later, the site is again undergoing radical redevelopment and intensification. Spitalfields is an 18th-century Georgian extension of the city and is one of the best-preserved London neighbourhoods from that period.
    The themes to be explored will include Modernist utopias, market-driven change, conservation, and preservation.

Applications and Admissions

This advanced exposure program is designed for practicing Architects and Urban Designers interested in experiencing global practices.

For the program, participants are required to pay the cost of Travel, Visa, Travel Insurance, Accommodation, and Food separately. Participants are required to book accommodation at the CPP-identified place since it will help better coordination and programme management. Participants can make arrangements or use the CEPT travel desk for these purposes. CPP will issue support letters for visa purpose

Applications are open. The deadline for this program is indicative. All applications will be considered as they are received, and seats will be allotted on a first come first serve basis. Admissions will be closed once all seats are full.

Participants will receive a certificate from CEPT University on successful completion of the program.


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