Social diversity

    The École d’architecture de la ville & des territoires attaches great importance to the diversity of educational and social backgrounds of the young people choosing to study architecture at the school. This is why the school is strongly committed to educational campaigns at a national level, such as the Cordées de la Réussite or the "Equal Chances" programme. It has also set up an emergency fund aimed at providing material support for students.

    Cordées de la Réussite

    Since 2011, the School has been at the head of the Álvaro Siza Cordée ("Rope Party"),
    with its partners at the René Cassin Lycée in Noisiel, the Gérard de Nerval Lycée in Noisiel, Louis Aragon secondary school in Torcy and Armand Lanoux secondary school
    in Champs-sur-Marne. The Cordée aims to give pupils a new perspective on higher education, on architectural training and profession, and to pass on a desire to
    pursue studies that are too often seen as inaccessible. It also aims to raise the interest
    and social awareness of the pupils for their environment.

    Tutorials

    In parallel with its programmes of social openness, the school has developped an active policy to help students succeed. Several tutorials and monitor sessions have
    been set up and are reworked each year to provide better support for students in acquiring a firm basis of skills and fundamental knowledge. They are organised into three areas: the project, which represents 50% of the architectural programme; writing skills; physics and geometry.

    The "Equal Chances" programme

    Since it’s creation in 2010, the school has taken part in the programme which is
    supported by the Culture & Diversity Foundation. It aims to promote access to architectural school sfor high school students from priority educational areas and from technical and vocational schools. In addition to raising awareness among and providing information to pupils about architecture studies and job prospects, the main obstacle in terms of cultural democratisation, the programme also includes an induction week to help prepare pupils for the admission procedures in schools. Once enrolled, the students can benefit from support on four levels: financial and logistic, learning, cultural
    openness and career placement help. Finally, as part of a partnership between the Culture & Diversity Foundation and the Fratelli Association, a recognised architecture professional, is appointed to sponsor them.

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