Enter for RIBA Rising Stars 2018

Put yourself forward or nominate your colleagues and collaborators now for RIBAJ Rising Stars 2018.


“I’m excited to see what this year’s entries will bring – as a very high benchmark has been set.”

Ben Brocklesby, Origin

Winners will be profiled in the RIBA Journal and on RIBAJ.com and invited to an exclusive Class of 2018 party and round table.

Don’t miss your chance to have your talents recognised.

Submit an entry today. Deadline: 17:00, Monday 10 September 2018

Enter here


Wanted: Design Assistant at LLDC

LLDC are looking for a proactive and self-motivated Design Assistant to work within our Development Design Team to contribute to an effective design function for the wider Development Team. This is a supporting role involving work on projects between RIBA stages 0-7 as well as assisting the team in providing specialist architectural/urban design advice for the organisation. This is a busy and involved role and will give the successful candidate the opportunity to work on design briefs, design proposals, feasibility studies and prepare maps, drawings and plans for our exciting portfolio of development and regeneration projects.


To apply for this role candidates need to have a relevant degree and have some experience of contributing to the delivery of projects through RIBA stages 0-7. Candidates will also have demonstrable knowledge of best practice urban design and the principles of development as well as excellent freehand and computer drafting skills, excellent mapping skills and the ability to interpret drawings and technical information. Candidates must be highly numerate and computer literate and have exceptional verbal and written skills.


In return the successful candidate will receive a fantastic benefits package including; incremental performance based pay and local government pension.

Salary: £25,275 Per annum


A full job description and person specification on the link below.



The closing date for applications is  Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 12 Noon.

Interviews will take place week commencing 30th July 2018

Unconscious Bias in the Workforce

Our CEO, Sonia Watson, explains how socio-economic factors can unfairly affect someone’s career chances in Building magazine, 6th July.


Diversity and equality at work is a relatively simple concept – it means that there are no barriers preventing certain groups of people from taking advantage of professional opportunities and that nobody is treated differently because of their personal characteristics.

Discrimination is not always deliberate – these decisions are often made subconsciously. The term “unconscious bias” describes the tendency for people to make assumptions about others based on cultural context as well as on their personal experiences and background.

For recruiters, who sift through hundreds of CVs and applications to fill roles, this may mean unconsciously making decisions based on the applicants’ names or backgrounds. 

But there are limits to how far blind recruitment can even out the playing field.


Sonia Watson says: “Take architecture. The length of the degree is always going to be an issue. Trying to sustain yourself for seven years is a long time, considering the socioeconomic factors at play, particularly in London.”

Some students, she adds, just cannot afford to work on several portfolios of their work to supplement their education. “Voluntary work, a year out in work experience – all of these are additional barriers in the recruitment process. You need someone to welcome you in and pay you to do your year out.”

Watson explained that the trust’s work was born out of a lack of diversity in architecture. She explains: “We were trying to understand why there was less opportunity to be a practising architect from a BME background than there was 25 years ago.”

The trust’s work is demand-led – partly in response to the built environment asking questions about how to increase diversity in its organisations. This, Watson says, is particularly relevant if you are working on a public sector project, where there might be targets set for diversity. And the trust’s focus goes beyond recruiters, to also helping candidates boost their CVs.

“We want to help people get ready to apply for roles and supplement their skills acquired through higher education with some of the more nuanced softer skills that they might not have built up, such as debating, presenting, group work and the like. 

“Once the applicant has been taken through these steps, they have a degree, a good portfolio, presenting skills, and they’re well placed in a blind recruitment process.”


Read the full article here.

Summer Placement at PRP Now Available

We have an exciting opportunity for an Architecture student or graduate to gain experience working on the Chobham Manor project. The placement will be with PRP, one of London’s leading architectural practices.

Charitable housing association L&Q and leading national homebuilder Taylor Wimpey have been selected to construct the new homes at Chobham Manor by the London Legacy Development Corporation, with some of the first properties occupied. As part of the Chobham Manor project, we are providing employment opportunities for local people.

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is promoting this opportunity through their extensive network and will be administering the bursary payments to the successful candidate.

For inspiration, see last year’s work placement experience here.



Ideally you should be a resident or student, living in Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Hackney. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people who live and study in these boroughs.

You must be a Part I student or graduate and be available from July for 4 weeks.

·You must not have secured employment in the architectural field before.



The selected candidate will receive a paid bursary towards helping progress their journey as an architect and cover any expenses during the placement (such as travel) T&C’s apply.


How to apply for this placement:

Provide a written 300 word personal statement telling us:

·Why you would like to work on the Chobham Manor project?

·What you are hoping to gain from the placement with PRP?

·Personal profile including your background e.g. positives and negatives of where you live

·Aspirations and knowledge of the architecture field

·Provide your current CV, with most recent qualifications and employment history

·Provide examples of two previous projects you have worked on as part of your studies. These projects should best represent your skills and design flair as they will be key in informing the selection process. The preferred format is an A3 brochure, which can be submitted electronically in PDF format or CD

-Please include that you are applying via the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust


Send your applications to:

Sharan Ansong, Business Lead – Chobham Manor
E: sansong@lqgroup.org.uk
Post: L & Q Housing Trust, 29-35 West Ham Lane, Stratford, London E15 4PH


Deadline for applications to be received by Friday 6th July 2018

Key dates:
Shortlisting – Friday 13th July
Interview –  Friday 20th July
Start -Monday 30th July

Interviews will take place early July and the 4/6 week work experience placement will start in July 2018.

Good luck!

cross-country cycle

Support Musa and Junior on their cross-country cycle

July 2018 will see two young fundraisers cycling 270 miles across three countries to raise money for the Trust.

Musa and Junior, from Hackney, London, will cycle from Amsterdam to Luxembourg City over six days, sleeping overnight in campsites and hostels. They have no previous cross-country cycling experience but have been training hard at weekends to get in shape! All sponsorship monies raised will be donated to the Trust.

Musa and Junior said:

“For us, it’s important that we are proactive in our communities. We know people who have benefitted from the Trust’s support programmes, and know people close to us that will benefit in years to come. It is up to all of us to re-establish a sense of community, and through The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust we can begin to achieve this.”

Please support their journey by donating here.

marco goldschmied

The Trust thanks longest running supporter Marco Goldschmied

June 2018


Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust thanks longest running supporter Marco Goldschmied


Marco Goldschmied is an inspiration for many aspiring young architects. He is widely known as the co-founder and managing director of Richard Rogers Partnership and served as president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) from 1999-2001, during which time he initiated the rebranding of the institute. Marco now runs the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, which aims to support research into innovation in the arts, environment and human rights fields by the provision of grants and awards to individuals and charitable organisations.

This year marks 21 years since Marco first began working with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Each year Marco’s foundation donates £5,000 to the Trust as a bursary and £5,000 to the winner of the Stephen Lawrence Prize. To mark the 25th year since Stephen’s death, the Foundation is raising the 2018 bursary award donation to the Trust to £25,000  and to £10,000 annually thereafter, a generous contribution that will have a great impact on beneficiaries of the bursary. To mark the occasion, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the origins of the Stephen Lawrence Prize and the annual Bursary and some of the positive impacts they have made on young people involved with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.


The Stephen Lawrence Prize


In 1998, Marco Goldschmied and Baroness Lawrence founded The Stephen Lawrence Prize in association with the RIBA. The annual award recognises the best architectural projects with a construction budget of under £1 million. The prize, set up in memory of Stephen, who wanted to be an architect, is intended to encourage young talent working with smaller budgets.

Marco Goldschmied remembers: “It was 1998, the year Stephen Lawrence would have completed his Part 2 and, at the time I was judging the £20,000 Stirling Prize. It was evident that this prize would celebrate high profile projects with prize-money going to architects who were probably already established and financially secure. I felt this left a significant gap in the recognition and promotion of emerging talent in the profession. Doreen Lawrence and I discussed this personal frustration on several occasions, which led to eventually launching the annual Stephen Lawrence Prize and a £5,000 bursary. Looking back over the past years, I am impressed by the talent and grit displayed, not only by the winning architects but by each and every young person that the Trust has worked with.”


The Stephen Lawrence Bursary


The awarding of the Stephen Lawrence Bursary is an important annual event for the Trust. Through the wider Building Futures Programme we can offer a variety of different forms of support for aspiring architects, including mentoring, skills workshops and work opportunities. The bursary is designed to help students who are struggling with the financial impact of studying to become an architect, a career path that commonly takes around seven years. The money that recipients receive from the award can often be the deciding factor in whether or not a student can complete their studies or considers applying to university in the first place.


Marco Goldschmied remarks: “The annual bursary is an additional support system the Trust has at its disposal to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their true potential. It has been our goal to increase the value of the bursaries to reflect the rapidly escalating cost of studying architecture over the past years, which I am happy to say we can now do. I am humbled by the amazing personal development and career progression of each of the beneficiaries of the bursary.


Personal case studies


Larry Botchway


“I received the bursary from the Trust just before I started my part 2 architectural studies, which helped massively to sustain me financially. The bursary allowed me to go on my studio trip to Milan and covered other course related costs, such as printing and model making materials, which helped put my mind at ease when my full concentration needed to go towards performing well in my course. Without the bursary, I simply would not have been able to afford to continue my architectural studies. The Trust also helped me following my first placement in Spain, when I was looking to gain experience in London – a task that was very difficult. Once I joined the Trust, I was given a mentor almost instantly. My mentor, Roger Watts, a director at Haworth Tompkins architects, gave me guidance on improving my portfolio, what to expect in the industry and what kind of practices to apply for. He also told me of the potential vacancy in his office and urged me to apply. Through him and ultimately the Trust, I was able to get my first architectural assistant placement in London.”


Srimathi Aiyer

“I am currently working as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant Manager at Mace, and am en route to becoming a fully qualified architect in the summer of 2018. I received my bursary in 2009, just before I was about to begin my undergraduate degree in Architecture at the University of Kent. It eventually went towards costs during my term abroad studies in the United States during my final Masters year. Since receiving my bursary award in 2009, I have been actively involved in events, workshops and exhibitions to promote opportunities for young people of all backgrounds, ensuring they receive sufficient support in their studies and search for employment. This has led to me becoming a Trustee for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in 2017. While my career has changed through the years, the Trust has been a constant since the beginning.”


Obi Okoye

“I received my bursary in 2011 when I decided to study architecture after a career change, which made the decision easier as I had to worry less about the cost of the course. I was attracted to the positive impact the profession can have on society, as well as the opportunity it gives to express oneself creatively. I completed my part 1 qualification at the University of Westminster and since then have worked for a variety of practices. I will return to study later this year to start my master’s degree. The support of the trust has enabled me to build a better network and gain a wider appreciation of the industry as whole. On top of providing financial support, the Trust has been very active in assisting the alumni through talks, events, workshops and a wide variety of programmes. I am very grateful for their support and all the work that they continue to do.”


A word of thanks from Sonia Watson, CEO of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust:


“Marco Goldschmied has been a passionate supporter and a true friend of the Trust for many years and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank him wholeheartedly for his ongoing enthusiasm, commitment and generous financial contribution. Marco has been instrumental in the conception and continuation of the Stephen Lawrence Prize and the Stephen Lawrence bursary, which have allowed us to encourage and support many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and work to create a fairer society in which everyone, regardless of their background, can flourish.”


Stephenson Harwood host an evening in the city

On Wednesday, 23rd May long-term supporter of the Trust, Stephenson Harwood, hosted  an evening in the City of networking, speeches and jazz to celebrate their successful partnership with the Trust inspiring young people into careers.


Speakers included Sonia Watson, CEO at the Trust, Sue Millar, Partner at Stephenson Harwood, and the star of the show, sixth form student Rebecca, who delivered an exceptional speech about the power of work experience in growing confidence and providing opportunities. It’s what we’re all about here at the Trust.

Thank you to all the guests that joined us, and a huge thank you to everyone at Stephenson Harwood for all their support over the years.

If your company is interested in partnering with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust please contact Chelsea@stephenlawrence.org.uk.


Image: Sixth-former Rebecca delivering her speech

New roles available with MI6!

On 24th May, MI6 released their first ever TV recruitment advert. They are keen to identify motivated individuals with an interest in both data analytics and people, to play a vital role supporting their high priority work.

MI6 is the UK’s foreign intelligence service. They work to promote and protect the UK’s national interest both at home and overseas by ensuring our government has the information it needs.

The roles available are diverse. You could be working in an operational team supporting intelligence gathering or in one of their corporate teams that are essential to the smooth running of the Service or providing IT support for the operational teams.

You can find out more information about each role to see which best suits you here https://www.sis.gov.uk/explore-careers.html




JTP donate £2,000 to Building Futures Sponsorship Campaign

JTP donate £2,000 to Building Futures Sponsorship Campaign


JTP have been working in partnership with The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust for several years. They were one of the first practices to sign up to the Building Futures Programme and have provided work experience placements for college students. Most recently an alumni of the programme gained a full time position in their London studio. Janet Lewis of JTP has played a key role in our architecture advisory board, advising the Trust from an industry prospective.


JTP said: ‘We value our partnership with the Trust and are donating £2,000 to the Building Futures Sponsorship Campaign in order to support aspiring architects on their educational journey. We have seen the impact the Trust has on the young aspiring architects, and we wish to continue our support of the Trust and in turn the next generation of talented architects’ .


To make a donation to the campaign, contact neil@stephenlawrence.org.uk

Who’s next?

Generation Revolution Screening – 5th June

Generation Revolution brings to screen the powerful story of a new generation of black and brown activists who are changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond. This feature-length documentary film follows an exciting new breed of organisations as well as the young Londoners that are part of them.

The film vividly chronicles the evolution of our characters as they experience personal and political awakenings, breakthroughs and, at times, disillusionment. Generation Revolution offers a unique and original glimpse into the rewarding but difficult path that must be trodden in the struggle for personal, social and political liberation.

We will be screening the film on Tuesday 5th June 2018 at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford. There are 15 spaces available for Lewisham and Greenwich residents aged 15-24.

To book your ticket for the screening, contact ronald@stephenlawrence.org.uk 

Apprenticeships now open at Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House are currently recruiting for 8 new apprentices to start in September 2018.  These are all backstage apprenticeships based in either Covent Garden, or at their workshops in Purfleet, Essex:


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Apprenticeships include:

Costume Tailoring Apprentice

Hair, Wigs and Make-up Apprentice

Props Carpentry & Metalwork Apprentice

Stage Engineering Apprentice

Scenic Carpentry Apprentice

Scenic Metalwork Apprentice

Technical Theatre Apprentice

Technical Theatre Apprentice (Linbury  Theatre)


For further information please see:



Stephen's Team

7 top tips for running the London Marathon from a lady who knows

Julie Creffield, author of The Fat Girls’ Guide To Marathon Running, shares her top tips with runners for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Taking on a marathon is a daunting task, particularly if – like most of those running for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – it’s your first. Our ten runners have certainly been working up the perspiration, but we wanted to add inspiration to the mix. So we were delighted when Julie Creffield, who writes popular blog toofattorun, recently published The Fat Girls’ Guide To Marathon Running, and is an all round good egg, offered to give an inspirational talk for #StephensTeam.

All our marathoners have told us that running for a cause they really care about keeps them motivated whilst training, but Julie had some other practical advice to get them to the finish line. We wanted to share her wisdom to help others, and if you get something out of it, please make a donation to the Trust or sponsor one of our runners (details below).

Julie’s top tips

Have a plan. Work out which will be your fast miles and where you expect to go more slowly; if people are coming to cheer for you, tell them in advance where to be; think about the sights and sounds that will motivate you, so you can count down to them as you run.

Let loved ones know that in the six weeks run up to the marathon, you are the Mo Farrah in your family. That means you need looking after – you don’t want to be humping shopping and get an injury at the last minute that means you have to pull out.

• Don’t change anything on the day. Wear the kit you have practised in. Eat and drink as you have been during your training. Marathon day is not the time to find out that your expensive new trainers give you blisters!

Vaseline is your friend. It’s not glamorous, but every runner gets chafing, and often in the most unpleasant of places. Avoid the worst of it by lubricating liberally! You can also avoid it by re-dressing carefully after a toilet stop – lots of chafing happens because people rush to get dressed and don’t put their clothes back on properly.

Have an emergency plan. Statistically more people die playing monopoly than running a marathon, but its still worth planning for the unexpected. Know what point you are happy to walk from and how you will get in touch with your loved ones if they, or you, are not in the place you expect at the end.

Make sure you have someone to travel home with. You’ve already been heroic and now your blood sugar will be low and you will be exhausted. Now is the time to take it easy and let someone else take the strain of making sure you get home safely.

Remember the difference the money you raise will make. For Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust it means more support to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them learn about different careers, and helping them get the qualifications, knowledge, skills and confidence they need to follow their dreams.

A massive thank you to Julie Creffield for giving up a precious evening to talk to our runners and for sharing her amazing expertise! If you like what you’ve read, please show your appreciation by supporting our runners and donating to the Trust at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/25thanniversaryappeal or by texting 70070 to SLCT25.


AHMM becomes the first Practice to sign up to The Building Futures Sponsorship Campaign.

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) has donated £5,000 towards our 2018 campaign.

Sponsorship enables us to establish a new London wide mentoring programme specific to the built environment, develop our Social Value Enhancement programmes across the capital and grow our access to industry events, which will be delivered from ‘Your Space’, the new state of the art event space here at the Stephen Lawrence Centre.

We will also continue awarding bursaries to those young people most in need, and Lobby at government level to ensure effective change and inclusion across our society. AHMM has also committed to mentoring a group of aspiring young architects on the Building Futures Programme, with their London studio meeting their mentees next month.

Peter Morris, director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, said: “We’re delighted to be involved with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Building Futures programme, both through offering financial support but also through direct engagement, tapping in to the enthusiasm, skills and experience of people across the practice. It’s vitally important for the future of our profession to make it possible for more young people from a range of backgrounds to pursue a career in architecture, and we’re very glad to have the opportunity to help do that in Stephen’s memory.”

Sonia Watson, CEO of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust said: “We’re delighted to share the news that leading architecture practice AHMM has become the first partner organisation to sign up to our new sponsorship campaign. The Building Futures Programme provides the architecture industry with a meaningful way of engaging with the next generation of talented young architects from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. AHMM has worked with the Trust in previous years to provide summer placements through the Chobham Manor project, and this year, Jonathan Hall, one of the practice’s Directors, is running the London Marathon to raise funds for the Trust, we are excited at the prospect of other practices following in their footsteps and supporting the valuable work we do”.

historic england

Passionate about your local area? Love heritage, and the built environment?

We need you to tell the story behind the buildings!

Historic England and The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are running a series of exciting workshops in January 2018 as a platform for you to share your knowledge, insights and images of listed buildings in your area. These will be added to the national list of the most significant of England’s historic buildings and places.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates:

22nd January 2018
26th January 2018
31st January 2018

All workshops will take place from 2-6pm, at Historic England’s offices in London:

4th Floor
Cannon Bridge House
25 Dowgate Hill
London  EC4R 2YA

Topics will include: an introduction to the listing process, finding listed buildings, best practice, and how enriching the list works. All volunteers will also be able to collaborate in designing an event to showcase your work.


For more information and to sign up for workshops, please email naomi@stephenlawrence.org.uk