EVER wondered if you could make it as an architect? Here is your chance to learn all about it in Barton.

At the end of the month, Oxford University is hosting a ‘Curiosity Carnival’ as part of European Researchers’ Night and this weekend there will be a sneak preview for people in Barton.

On Saturday from 1pm to 4pm Barton Neighbourhood Centre in Underhill Circus will host academics from Oxford and Oxford Brookes universities as part of a wider community fair.

The aim of the festival is to shatter the perception that academia is elitist and out-of-touch.

Salem Al Qudwa, who is studying for a PhD by design research at Oxford Brookes, will be among those speaking at the event on the importance of architecture.

He said: “We’re having a housing crisis, people need to understand the importance of architecture in order to offer shelter and support. People often ask, what came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s the same with architecture. Do our social lives affect our buildings or do our buildings affect architecture?”

The event is free to attend. For more details visit ox.ac.uk/curiosity-carnival/about