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The Stephen Lawrence Chartable Trust have been working in partnership with L&Q to deliver another year of paid summer placements to young people over at Chobham Manor LLP, we have partnered with PRP architects for the sixth consecutive year, as well as home builder Taylor Wimpey, who joined as a partner of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in 2017.

Bareera was the successful candidate for the role at PRP, having completed the first-year of her architecture degree at the University of Arts London. When applying for the position at PRP the interview panel were extremely impressed by her knowledge of the local area and approach to community-based design. During her placement Bareera worked in the design team and landscape team at PPR, attending client meetings, site visits and working on projects related to the Chobham Manor site, being exposed to software programmes and live design projects.

buy viagra by paypal storesBareera said; Being able to work at PRP is a unique opportunity as the practice is varied and has teams working on all the RIBA stages- from planning to delivery- and has an exciting landscape department. I have come away with a clearer and more thorough understanding of the architecture industry which is invaluable at this stage in my studies. I was also very lucky to visit the Chobham Manor construction site which gave me an excellent insight into how architecture is realised on site. I have also learnt how to use Revit and I have no doubt grown in confidence and built relations with incredible people at PRP.



The successful candidate who joined the team at Taylor Wimpey, Murat Collins, was asked how he found the experience working at one of the UK leading home builders, ‘This has been an incredible opportunity for me to gain an insight into site management from such a reputable company, Taylor Wimpey. This placement has improved my confidence in decision making whilst every day presenting new challenges which has furthered my knowledge in this industry. I have worked alongside very experienced people in this field who have been only too happy to share their knowledge, which I really appreciate and would like to thank the great team there’


Sharan Ansong, Business Lead on Chobham Manor at L&Q said;  It’s really rewarding to create these work placements in architecture and construction fields, giving local people the opportunity to grow and gain hands on experience in their chosen career close to their home. Bareera and Murat both showed real passion and have really embraced this experience to their advantage. The process of selecting the right candidate is a collaborative process from shortlisting, interviewing and even following their journey beyond the work experience programme. I look forward to continue our growing partnerships with Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, PRP and Taylor Wimpey to continue to offer future opportunities such as these.’




Claridge Architects become new partners on the Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme.

Claridge architects are an award-winning practice based in London and have recently signed up to support the Trusts flagship diversity and inclusion programme; The Building Futures Programme.

Marcus Claridge, Director of Claridge architects said “Claridge Architects wanted to get involved with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust as we believe everyone should have the opportunity to be an architect despite background, race or colour. We want to encourage equality of opportunity by offering time, support and skills learnt individually and collectively to those who share an interest in architecture as a career

The practice  kicked off their support last week, with several their team volunteering to supporting young aspiring architects through our mentoring programme, offering once monthly sessions on topics chosen by the young people.

Development Manager at the Trust, Neil Onions said, “Having Claridge Architects join the Trusts Building Futures Programme adds another leading practice to the Trusts network, we are extremely pleased to be working with the studio and look forward to witnessing the students develop on their journey with the practice’.


Building Futures with Forterra, brick by brick.  

As one of the largest manufacturers of building products in the UK, Forterra have donated £10,000 to The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme. The sponsorship campaign which was launch earlier this year by The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, aims to sustain the charities flagship diversity and inclusion programme, which supports young aspiring architects between 16-30 years of age, has received a huge push toward its target thanks to the generous donation from Forterra.   

Stephen Harrison, Chief Executive of Forterra, said, “The good work of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust helps ensure that young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to enter the construction industry, including the field of architecture, just as Stephen Lawrence aspired to. We want our support for the Trust to go towards these efforts, and to make a real difference in young people’s lives.”

The Building Futures Programme has supported over 350 young people to date who are all seeking careers in the built environment profession.

Sonia Watson, Chief Executive of Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust said, ‘To receive the support from Forterra has been instrumental in helping the Trust to award more bursaries thank ever in this, the 25th anniversary year of Stephen’s murder before he could realise his own aspiration to become an Architect.  We are determined to ensure that the spaces and places we inhabit are designed and constructed by us all.  The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust relies solely on public donations to achieve this. Thank you Forterra for being part of that journey’.




Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture – Tickets now on sale

On Septmber 20th, the RIBA are once again hosting the Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture, helping to raise vital funds for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. This year’s lecture is particularly significant as 2018 marks both the 25th anniversary since his murder and 20 years since the founding of the Trust.

Stephen had a passion for architecture and was already on the path to pursuing his dream, and the Trust reflects his love for architecture in its work to support young and aspiring architects from underrepresented backgrounds to study and qualify. This year alone the Trust’s Building Futures programme is supporting over 250 young people through bursaries, work placements, industry workshops and mentoring.

This year’s lecture is co-curated by RIBA and The [204] Design Collective, following the success of their ‘Decolonizing Architecture’ event series as part of the London Festival of Architecture. The panel of speakers will be discussing the impact of the voice of youth in redefining alternative methods of architectural practice, and will be sharing thoughts on identity, diversity, equality of opportunities, and their relationship to architecture and the city.

Speakers include:

  • Akil Scafe-Smith and Gameli Ladzekpod, founders of RESOLVE, an interdisciplinary design collective that looks towards the synthesis of architecture, engineering, technology and art to address multi-scalar social challenges.
  • Abigail Patel and Selasi Setufe, from the Future Architects Network. Abigail is RIBA National Council Student Representative and an outspoken advocate for the need for young people to have a strong voice within the architectural community. Selasi is founder of creative start-up Crystal Design Studies and Co-Vice President of Students and Associates at RIBA.
  • Ahnansé, founder of music collective Steam Down. Ahnanse’s musical development has been tied in with questions of how creativity contributes to the world and society.

Chair: Kieran Yates, Journalist and Broadcaster reporting on culture, news and politics. She currently has a column at Vice called ‘British Values’ and writes regularly for The Guardian, Fader, Dazed, broadcasts on BBC Asian Network and was nominated for Culture Writer of the Year in 2016.

Following the panel discussion, music collective Steam Down will perform live with stage design provided by The [204] Design Collective. There will also be an opportunity to explore work by the Trust’s 2018 bursary award winners, whom the Trust is supporting on their journey to become architects.

Guests will receive a welcome drink on arrival before hearing the panel discussion. Also included in the ticket price is bowl food by award-winning chef Anthony Cumberbatch from AC Lab.

All monies raised will go to support the work of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.


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The Stride Team Raise £4,930.50

Members of the team at Stride Recruitment visited the Trust this week to award Baroness Lawrence and CEO Sonia Watson, a cheque for £4,930.50, after walking 75 miles from their offices in Portsmouth to the Stephen Lawrence Centre in London. This is the second consecutive year that the Stride team have raised vital funds to support the Trusts annual; Stephen Lawrence Bursary Awards.

Sonia Watson said “It’s fantastic to have the continued support from the team at Stride; last year they took on the 3 peaks challenge in horrific weather conditions to raise over £5,000 and this year they walked a remarkable 75 miles in 25 hours, to mark the 25th anniversary year. A huge thank you goes to all the team at  Stride”.

The fundraising team also meet some of this years recipients of the Stephen Lawrence Bursary award, so they could see first hand the talent that we support.

If you would like to know more about how you could support the Trusts bursary scheme, please email

Stephen Lawrence Bursary Prizes Winners – Class of 2018

Future Housing London Workshop – applications open!

Call For Young Londoners Aged 16-21

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable and Mæ Architects, urban designers and researchers. Mae design buildings that seek to address today’s urban, social and environmental challenges.

We have been commissioned by the Mayor of London to develop new Housing Design Guidance for London, which will advocate the best solutions for well-designed housing in the city. We are working alongside the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to find young Londoners to help us in this endeavour.
Like the Mayor of London, we want this guide to ensure excellent housing is being built and that London’s available land is used to its optimum potential. Your opinions, those of the future generations of London, are enriching and invaluable to our development of this work

Please answer either one or both of the questions above in 250 words then we want you to apply with your answer for a chance to join the Mayor’s Housing Design Guidance team at City Hall for a workshop. This workshop will be open, frank and enlivening. We will present our ideas on emerging housing design and invite your views on how your city and communities may be affected by either significant regeneration or by the changes that smaller infill housing may bring.

Your input will not only help inform the Housing Design Guidance, the feedback from the workshop could be documented and published as part of the guidance.

Apply to take part in the Futures London Workshop at City Hall by Friday 24th August for the workshop taking place on Monday 29th August. Successful applicants will be notified on Monday 27nd.

Time & date of workshop: Wednesday 29th August 2018, 2 – 5.30pm




RSHP signs up to ‘The Building Futures Programme’

International architecture practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Parters (RSHP), have signed up to the ‘Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme;’ a project which sees four budding RIBA Part I architecture students from Bristol, Liverpool and London Universities, embarking on their six-month mentoring programme with the practice.

The sessions take place each month in the iconic RSHP-designed, Leadenhall Building (affectionately referred to as the Cheesegrater) located in central London. With the architectural backdrop of surrounding the city providing endless inspiration to the young designers, their mentors will be providing insightful advice and support to guide the young architects as they approach their graduation in 2019.


“RSHP are delighted to support the ‘Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and the Building Futures Programme.’ The aims and objectives of the trust are shared by us and are at the core of our social responsibility as architects, supporting the next generation of architects to ensure we have a diverse profession and importantly providing opportunities to young people.” –  Jack Newton, Senior Associate, RSHP

Harjinder Singh, Senior Architect at RSHP and former recipient of the prestigious ‘Stephen Lawrence Bursary’ for his Part II Studies in 2008, will be joining Senior Associate Jack Newton as part of the mentoring programme team of six architects from the practice.

Neil Onions, Manager of The Building Futures Programme said, “I’m delighted to be able to announce we are working with RSHP. Partnerships such as these are made all the more special when the connection comes through an SLCT alumni member. We are looking forward to working with the practice and welcoming them to the Stephen Lawrence Architecture Advisory Board in September.”

To learn more about the Building Futures Programme, please read here: link.

Photo Credit: James Newman


Prime Minister announces Stephen Lawrence Day to encourage and support young people

At the memorial service marking 25 years since Stephen’s death, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that 22nd April – the day he died –will in future be Stephen Lawrence Day.

Baroness Lawrence, who founded the Trust in order to give young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunities that were denied to Stephen, said ‘I feel honoured that she has recognised the changes that have been made in Stephen’s name and the changes that are still needed.’

She continued ‘Stephen was denied his voice, but the Stephen Lawrence day will be an opportunity for young people to use their voices and should be embedded in our education and wider system, regardless of the government of the day.’

Speaking at the service, Mrs May said that the day will be a day to encourage and support young people in achieving their dreams, and to reflect on Stephen’s life, death and the positive change he has inspired.

Chief Executive of the Trust, Sonia Watson, said ‘This is an extremely exciting opportunity to bring young people together and give them a voice.  It is a chance to engage them in shaping our society so that it is fairer to all and to give every young person, regardless of their background, hope and opportunity to follow their dreams.  We look forward to working with the government to shape the first Stephen Lawrence Day in 2019.’


Alumni Opening Night of [Your Space]

Last night at The Stephen Lawrence Centre we hosted our alumni opening of [Your Space], our new Co-Working facilities for entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses. Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Stuart Lawrence welcomed guests and thanked the incredible 104 strong supply chain of pro-bono companies that made the project possible.

The SLCT alumni started the journey back in 2017 with their design ideas being pitched to global design practice Gensler. Gensler then progressed the designs  to deliver a stunningly beautiful interior space.  BW; Workplace Experts, then joined the team to turn the designs into reality. We have our official opening next month.

If you wish to know more about Your Space, visit; or email to book a tour.


Open letter to the AJ

The Stephen Lawrence Architecture Advisory Board (SLAAB) supports our Race Diversity Survey, with an open letter to the Architects Journal.

Foster + Partners and Stirling Prize-winners Haworth Tompkins are among a number of top practices ’wholeheartedly’ backing the campaign to tackle race diversity in architecture.

We are gathering evidence on diversity in the industry with a landmark survey launched last month.

The survey is open to everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity, and asks questions about experiences in the industry.

’We are delighted that this initiative will shine a spotlight on what needs to be done to understand and tackle issue around equality, inclusion and diversity in UK architecture as well as encouraging talented young people of all backgrounds to join our profession,’ the letter read.

Open letter

In April we will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, a talented young man who wanted to become an architect.

It came to our attention in 2017 that there was a dearth of information relating to the lack of diversity in the built environment, so we set about beginning to address this issue by creating a Survey in partnership with the AJ to begin to capture the data, both quantitative and qualitative.

We are delighted that this initiative will shine a spotlight on what needs to be done to understand and tackle issue around equality, inclusion and diversity in UK architecture as well as encouraging talented young people of all backgrounds to join our profession.

Within our role as advisory board to the Trust, we back this campaign wholeheartedly and encourage all to participate, regardless of race or ethnicity.

MAKE, Haworth Tompkins, Gensler, HTA, HKS, Squire & Partners, Hassell, Karakusevic Carson Architects, Adam Khan Architects, Avanti Architects, Scott Brownrigg, Foster + Partners, JTP, Stiff + Trevillion and Simone De Gale Architects.

Read the full article here 



The Trust + The AJ Launch Landmark Diversity Survey

Help Make Architecture More Inclusive. 

We have partnered with the Architects’ Journal to create the Race Diversity in Architecture Survey 2018 – gathering evidence on race diversity within architecture. Available online now. This survey is a positive and much-needed step forward in creating more awareness within the industry so we can push towards achieving a more diverse profession. The survey is open to everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity, and asks questions about experiences in the industry.

Marco Goldschmied (pictured, right), who set up the Stephen Lawrence Prize in 1998 in memory of Stephen, said: ‘Through the Trust’s work with our profession, we have seen a genuine desire for change in architecture and the built environment – which, via this survey, we’re taking as an opportunity to help support and influence others to create a fairer society. This survey … will allow us to highlight challenges and support organisations, institutions and individuals to foster diversity and inclusivity in the industry.’

It has been 20 years since the Trust was founded, and 25 years since Stephen’s murder. The survey findings will help to inform articles in the AJ – and industry action points throughout 2018.

You can take the survey here;


Building Communities in Brent

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is working in partnership with Brent Council and architecture practice Adam Khan Architects to offer a number fantastic opportunities for a number of young people who live or study in Brent.

We are looking to create a Youth Action Group who are interested in architecture and the built environment, but also community engagement and liaison.

Brent Council and Adam Khan architects are drawing up plans for new and refurbished buildings and spaces, including community facilities, on the Carlton and Granville Centres site on Carlton Vale.  Through the project they wish to work closely with local people to help ensure that the much-needed facilities they are designing really meet the needs of the community.

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are working as an independent body to provide young people in the community a meaningful voice, and we want to work with them to host their own community event, as well as provided opportunities to help build their CV, offering work experience, industry mentors and workshops.

We are also offering:

  • The opportunity for young people to design and deliver their own community consultation event
  • Work experience placements
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Access to free workshops

If you would like to get involved in the project, or wish to know more, please contact Neil Onions on or call 02081002800


Harrow Students impress at Karakusevic Carson Architects….

Students from Harrow and Wealdstone impress architects at Karakusevic Carson Architects during work experience placements. University hopefuls gained new skill and inside industry knowledge as part of the Social Value programme delivered in partnership between The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and Karakusevic Carson Architects.

8 students over 2 weeks worked on designs briefs, they created concept designs as well as models to showcase to a panel of architects at the end of their placements. Students later returned for a CV + Portfolio workshops ahead of their University Interviews this month….Read the full article here


Celebrating National Mentoring Day

This morning we met with some of the mentors on The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme, Celebrating National Mentoring Day;  sharing learning and helping shape the programme going forward.

The programme is currently working with over 50 architecture mentors,  each of whom are supporting the Trust’s 200 aspiring young architects.

Attending this morning were mentors from Coffey Architects, Hassell, Stiff + Trevillion, Make, Sheppard Robson, KTB Architects and architect Yemi Aladerun.

We explored the power of group mentoring, one-2-one sessions and skills workshops, all of which is having a positive impact on the young people we support, such as Kelvin;

” The Mentoring (at Make Architects) has been an invaluable experience for me. It has provided me with an insight into how practices function , while also widening my architectural knowledge on the whole. I have been able to gain advice on how to improve my portfolio and CV in preparation for finding a (work) placement, while also creating close contacts in the industry.”

– Kelvin Pang, Part I architectural Graduate.   

Thank you to all our mentors who are helping shape the futures of the young people we support.




An evening of true inspiration: The Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture 2017

An evening of true inspiration at this year’s Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture, in memory of the aspiring young architect.

The event was held in the iconic home of the Royal Institute of British Architects on Tuesday 12th September, the day before what would have been Stephen’s 43rd birthday.

As guests started to arrive at 6pm, it wasn’t long before the Florence Hall was filled with over 400 guests, each of whom were able to explore the fantastic alumni exhibition on display.

Keynote speakers, Francis Kere, Spencer de Grey and Simone de Gale joined Baroness Lawrence in meeting the young aspiring architects before the lecture started.

Scott Brownrigg’s Albena Atanassova welcomed guests to the exhibition and shone a light on the 7-year partnership between Scott Brownrigg and the Trust, with the AJ100 practice supporting the annual alumni exhibition. Alumni member Ibilola Femiola followed, talking the guests through the 10 exhibits on display and the theme of sensory architecture.

Newly elected RIBA president, Ben Derbyshire, officially opened the lecture, during which he awarded Meelad Faris a prestigious Stephen Lawrence Bursary Prize, which his practice HTA had donated. Chair of Trustees at The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Sir Keith Ajegbo, previewed a short film designed to showcase the ground-breaking work of the Trust’s Building Futures programme. The evening’s lecture was chaired by alumni member Thomas Aqualina and the Trust’s CEO, Sonia Watson, who were the perfect duo to set the scene.


Francis Kere’s keynote address took the audience on an truly inspirational journey, from his home town of Burkina Faso to Berlin, Germany, where he studied and now runs his successful practice. Then to London, where Francis shared his recent works with the Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park. His message to the young generation of architects in the audience was to know that anything is possible and that they can achieve all they wish to achieve if they set their mind to it. Spencer de Grey OBE, then took to the stage and spoke about the resilience needed to be an architect and focused on his iconic extension with Foster + Partners for the British Museum. Spencer gave an insight into what large scale projects can bring in the way of challenges, and told the audience that resilience is needed at every stage and level of one’s career. Architect and Alumni member Simone de Gale closed the key note speeches, sharing her recent master plan project. Simone reminded the students in the audience that architecture is an art form, it’s subjective and open to varied opinions, so they should all take criticism with that in mind.

The lecture drew to a close with the award for ‘outstanding contribution by an alumni member’ being awarded to Gisselle Casio. Last year’s recipient, Srimathi Aiyer, presented the award to Gisselle. Since winning the award last year , Srimathi has gone on to become a Trustee of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and is in the process of finishing her Part 3 architecture qualification with the firm MACE. Gisselle was chosen by the Trust to receive this year’s award as she has been an outstanding advocate of the Trust,  introducing HKS Architects to the Trust, helping launch the Building Futures programme at the House of Lords in 2014, and supporting the Trust’s schools programmes.


‘The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s lecture, as well as our heartfelt thanks to all who have supported, sponsored and contributed toward making the event a huge success, we look forward to seeing you all next year”.

– Sonia Watson – Chief Executive of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.


International design practice HASSELL, pledge their support

International design practice HASSELL, pledge their support for The Trusts Building Futures Programme. As the programme enters its third year of delivery supporting young aspiring architects across London, HASSELL join a network of practices supporting the Trusts 150 young budding architects.

HASSELL are kicking off their programme of support by providing four Part I students with industry mentors from their studio in Shoreditch, East London on Friday this week. HASSELL will also run a series of innovative workshops aimed to help young people gain new skills, expand their knowledge, and widen their professional network.

Good design thinking can come from anywhere – any background, any discipline, any sector. The Building Futures Programme offers the next generation of designers a platform to bring fresh perspectives, present their opinion, and challenge conventional design thinking in a really practical, hands-on way. This is increasingly important in the complex market architects and designers are now working in, and we are proud partners of the Trust as it continues to support new talent develop the skills necessary to excel in the industry.”  Ashely Munday, Principal, HASSELL.

HASSELL is a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The HASSELL team judges the success of the buildings and places they design by the way people use and enjoy them – the clients who commission them, the people who inhabit them. Good design is about helping clients meet their needs and objectives. It is also about the way people feel when they experience it, a sense of meaning, connection and belonging.

At HASSELL, architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and specialist consultant work together in integrated design teams to produce the best outcomes for clients.

Sonia Watson, CEO of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust said,

“The Trust is delighted to welcome HASSELL as our latest industry partner supporting our Building Futures Programme. Support from global practices enables us to continue our success as the UK’s leading charity that champions inclusivity and ensures we can continue providing unrivalled access to careers within the built environment for those from diverse backgrounds.”


London 2012 Games…..The legacy continues

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust have teamed up with Chobham Manor LLP (comprising leading national housebuilder Taylor Wimpey and housing association L&Q) and architecture practice PRP to provide two unique opportunities to local residents as part of the ongoing legacy of the London 2012 Games.

Chobham Manor is the first neighbourhood to be built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. As part of the Chobham Manor project, two work placements for both an architecture student and a civil engineering student have been designed to support them in accessing and achieving qualifications and employment, gaining credible experience to further their careers and  play a role within the local regeneration of the area.

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust shared the opportunities for the 6-week paid placements across their extensive networks to reach out to local young people and  with support from  London Legacy Development Corporation, received many applications from budding hopefuls from across the boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlet, Waltham Forest and Hackney.


After a competitive shortlisting round, and some impressive interviews, two graduates were appointed.

Nagarajah Alakarsamy (pictured left), was successfully appointed at Taylor Wimpey for the role of site manager. Nagarajah studied Civil Engineering at Kingston University, graduating earlier this year, and his enthusiasm to learn as much as he can shines through. Nagarajah spent his first week on site, organising site drawings and problem solving and is looking forward to the weeks ahead.



Claudio Cabulo (pictured right) was appointed for a 6-week paid summer placement at PRP. Claudio graduated from Central Saint Martins, UAL, in 2014 with a Part I architecture degree, and since that time had been struggling to find a paid placement. Claudio has been a part of The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme for 12 months and has accessed many workshops as well as an industry mentor through the Trust’s Career Pathways programme. Claudio’s mentor is alumni member of the Trust Ike Obanye.

Manisha Patel, a Partner at PRP, who has recently been appointed as one of the Mayor of London’s 50 Design advocates, said,

We are delighted to welcome Claudio to the team and hope that he will find his placement here with the practice rich, fulfilling and challenging. We aim to offer Claudio a robust learning environment combined with real professional experience on a range of projects, which will put him in a good stead as he progresses in his career.”


This year marks the fifth time that The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has worked with Chobham Manor LLP and PRP to provide an opportunity to an aspiring architecture student. Last year’s successful student Shanae Boisson joined this year’s interview panel as her year-out placement comes to an end and she plans to go to University this September to complete her Part II Masters studies, evidencing the power of these opportunities.

Maud Gambier-Ellis, Project Lead Community  Regeneration and Partnerships (L&Q) added: “This year , we wanted to help another architecture graduate get a much-needed  placement in the industry but also looked at promoting  construction as an exciting sector  for graduates. I’m very glad that Taylor Wimpey, our partner at Chobham Manor, got on board with the idea so enthusiastically and that a local engineering  graduate got a chance to work with them as site manager for 6 weeks. So far, Nagarajah’s and Claudio’s first weeks on placements have both been very successful. This is promising!”


The London Legacy Development Corporation and Chobham Manor LLP are committed to providing opportunities for local people through the provision of paid internships, apprenticeships and other employment opportunities.


Stiff + Trevillion, helping to ‘Build Futures’ across the city


Stiff + Trevillion are an award-winning architecture practice based in West London, celebrated for their elegant design on a mix of commercial and residential builds. In addition to an extensive portfolio of architectural projects, Stiff + Trevillion are well established as interior and product designers, having notably completed a brief for Innocent’s new office interiors at Portobello Dock.

They have worked with the Trust on both the Building Futures and Career Pathways programmes, delivering successful workshops at the Stephen Lawrence Centre. We are excited to announce that Stiff + Trevillion has now taken its’ partnership with the Trust a step further with the launch of mentoring programme, which will see the practice take on five architecture and interiors students as mentees over the next year.

This programme kicked off last week with a ‘Meet your Mentor’ evening at their London studio. The session was an opportunity for the mentors and mentees, to get together for the first time and look forward to the year ahead and what support the students need to help advance their careers.

Magnus Menzefricke-Koitz, a Senior Associate from the practice said, “We at Stiff + Trevillion work with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to help pupils and students find their way into the architectural profession, because we believe that great architecture can only be delivered by a wide and diverse range of voices and ideas from multiple backgrounds.”



Meet the recipients of The Stephen Lawrence Bursary Prize 2017

We’re pleased to share the recipients of this years Stephen Lawrence Architecture Bursary Prize.

We received applications from across the UK and the standards were extremely high.

Thank you to all our partner organisations who supported the bursary prize this year

You can read their stories here  

If you would like to know more about how you can support The Trusts bursary prize, please email