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As the Trusts Building Futures Programme reaches its second year, we are pleased to share our new ‘HIGHLIGHTS’ newsletter.

We continue to be London’s leading architecture charity that supports young aspiring architects from school age, through to Part III and beyond.

With the support of many industry partners, we continue to inspire and enable talented young architects from across London and the UK.

You can read all about the HIGHLIGHTS here 

If you wish to know how you or your company can get involved in supporting any of the initiatives shown in the Highlights, please email 


Design plans revealed for Co-Working Hub

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are pleased to reveal the design plans for London’s leading Co-Working Hub for those within the built environment, which will be housed at our Centre here in Deptford, South London.

The Centre has been re-imagined by the interior team at Gensler UK, who are providing their design expertise completely pro-gratis. The in-kind contribution doesn’t stop there, they are approaching their industry contacts to help support the design vision, and we have been overwhelmed by the support to date.

Gensler blew everyone away at The Trust last week when they presented their design ideas for the Co-Working HUB. Our Founder and Life President Baroness Lawrence, along with our Trustees, Alumni and industry supporters were all present to witness how our interior spaces will be transformed to create what will be London’s leading Co-Working HUB for Start-ups in the built environment.

You can read about the journey to date here. 


Championing diversity in the architecture profession.

Earlier this month, renowned Architect, RIBA Role Model and National RIBA Council member, Elsie Owusu OBE, approached The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to help identify chartered architects and architecture students from BAME backgrounds who wish to both learn more about RIBA council elections, and receive advice and support with potential applications to this year’s elections.

The concept behind the launch is to work toward an aim of 25% representation of BAME architects within the RIBA council by 2018, as a tribute to Stephen Lawrence on the 25th anniversary year of his death. The project receiving the official support of The Trusts Founder and Life President Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

The Trust hosted an inspiring and informative session, led by Architect and Diversity and Inclusion Champion, Elsie Owusu. The event was attended by those architects and students who aspired to join the RIBA Council. The event also received support from London’s Regional Director of the RIBA, and long-time supporter of the Trust, Dian Small.


After receiving much interest from the potential candidates, Elise set about gaining support from leading architects, including Lord (Richard) Rogers, AA Prez David Porter, Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA, Angela Brady CBE PPRIBA, Jane Duncan, Yasmin Shariffm, Carl Turner and newly elected RIBA president, Ben Derbyshire.

The RIBA council elections close today, 19th May, and we are proud to announce 14 nominations have been submitted. We wish all candidates the best of luck.



Interim Report – The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme

The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme reaches its interim period, (18 months), of delivery.

The programme is now supporting 125+ young people from disadvantaged and underrepresented back grounds (BME), who wish to pursue a career in architecture;

We provide Work Opportunities, Bursaries, Mentoring Schemes, Workshops and much more….

  • We know that BME representation within the profession sits at around 0.9% for fully qualified architects, that is far below the national average of 10% in other leading professions
  • We know from the RIBA education statistics that transition points from Part I to Part II  is where a large drop off rate is for BME representation, (around 50% of Black British males fail to get from Part I to Part II).

Click HERE to read about how we are tackling these issues, and leading the way on diversity within the industry 

If you have any questions about the programme or the report, please contact Neil Onions on 

You can read more about the Building Futures Programme on our programmes page (here)


One step closer to a career in architecture

Chobham Manor LLP and award winning architecture practice PRP, teamed up with The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to provide a unique opportunity to a local resident as part of the Olympic Legacy Development. Chobham Manor LLP is the first neighbourhood to be built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and a joint venture between leading national home builder, Taylor Wimpey, and charitable housing association, L&Q. As part of the Chobham Manor project, the architectural work placement is designed to support local students in accessing and achieving architectural qualifications and employment and gain credible experience to further their career.

Shanae Boisson, was born and raised in Hackney and has closely followed the development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as she was excited to see “the birth place of a new neighbourhood in the E20 postcode”. Shanae graduated from her Part I, BA architecture degree in the summer of 2015 and has been looking for an internship position. Shanae saw the opportunity promoted through The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme, which she has been a member of since January 2016 and decided to apply.

After impressing the interview panel with her portfolio and skills Shanae was successfully appointed for the 6week placement at architecture practice PRP.  During her placement Shanae worked across interdisciplinary teams on different phases of the Chobham Manor development, working on planning submissions, attending site visits and client meetings.



Shanae Boisson, Part I Intern

“Growing up in East London I have always had a close connection to Stratford. The inauguration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park provided me jobs on two occasions as a student.

I had taken an interest in the Chobham Manor project since Taylor Wimpey advertised the launch of Phase 1 and I visited the showrooms. I was excited to see how the legacy of the park was now going to benefit local residents in a more ‘personal way’, on top of the surrounding public spaces that were proved to be very popular with locals of all ages.

Chobham Manor is such an inspiring development. There is a strong focus on families, which can be seen in PRP’s multi-generation homes, and there is great focus on offering properties that are 3-bed that can accommodate a family of 5.

Since graduating  as an architecture student in January 2015, to securing a 6week placement at PRP where I got to work along-side the architects involved on Chobham Manor, and even contributing to the planning submission on Phase 3, has been surreal! To then be offered a full-time position as well, has been so humbling. I am just so grateful and so pleased that I am one step closer to my career in architecture, and can finally start applying for my Part II”.

Peter Lancaric, Associate Director at PRP

“6 weeks is a short period to fully experience the architectural practice. Given our interdisciplinary skill base, we were able to focus Shanae’s internship on different stages of the project through various in-house disciplines and expertise. Shanae showed huge enthusiasm and interest in every task and her proactive approach convinced us to actually ask her to take on a full-time position in our London studio as a Part 1 Assistant, enabling her to go on to study her Part II next year. We very much welcome this opportunity to be able to assist young people in the early stages of their careers.”


Fantastic opportunity for young people in Enfield

Karakusevic Carson Architects partner with The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to support young aspiring architects as part of the Meridian Water development in Enfield.


The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust were approached by Karakusevic Carson Architects to strengthen the ‘social value’ element of their contract with Enfield Council.

Quote from Paul Karakusevic, Founding Partner of Karakusevic Carson Architects-

“The work the Stephen Lawrence Trust is doing is unique – we hope this fund will help deliver more opportunities to young people to access the fields of design, architecture and related engineering disciplines.”

The Trust will be going into sixth forms and colleges across Enfield to select six young people currently in Year 13 who wish to study architecture, design or engineering at University. The successful students will access work experience within Karakusevic Carson Architects’ studio and be buddied with a professional mentor. The mentors will help the young people gain the support and skills required to apply for a place at University in 2017.

Sonia Watson CEO of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

“We are delighted that Karakusevic Carson Architects have approached the Trust to deliver this bespoke package of support to young aspiring architects, designers and engineers. We have been supporting aspirational young people wishing to pursue a career in architecture for over 15 years, and we are very much looking forward to using our expertise, in partnership with Karakusevic Carson, to deliver this project”  

The students will also be able to apply for a bursary to help support them during their studies at University; due to a £10,000 donation being put forward by Karakusevic Carson to provide disadvantaged students living in Enfield with the opportunity to pursue their ambitious careers. The students will go on to receive ongoing support from the Trust through their Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme.



Project overview;

Meridian Water in Enfield is an ambitious Borough-led vision to transform former industrial and under-utilised land in a challenging section of the Lee Valley. In a long-term partnership with Enfield Council, Karakusevic Carson Architects are leading a multi-disciplinary team to create a masterplan covering 82 hectares, which includes new homes, businesses and new shops, with the aim of reconnecting the borough with the waterways and reservoirs of the Lee Valley Park.


With the Lee Valley on its doorstep, this plan for 10,000 homes and 5,000+ jobs will provide a gateway to the rest of Enfield. Karakusevic Carson are also developing meanwhile employment strategies such as the renovation of existing industrial sheds to workspaces for 350 makers and sculptors, financed by the London Regeneration Fund.


Karakusevic Carson Architects are award-winning specialists at the forefront of public sector housing, architecture and masterplanning across London and the UK.

Appointed as framework panel architects and masterplanners for many leading public bodies and housing associations, including the Greater London Authority/Transport for London, Homes & Communities Agency and Olympic Legacy panels, they work with local authorities, RSLs and partner investment groups on complex architecture and regeneration projects. They are experts at pushing ambitions, successfully navigating emerging funding structures and national design standards to create exemplary and sustainable homes and thriving neighbourhoods that reflect a unique sense of place, are financially viable and can stand the test of time.


If you are a young person living or Studying in Enfield, are in Year 13 and wanting to go to University in September 2017 to study architecture, design or engineering contact or call 0208 1002800


Huge show of support at this years SL Memorial Lecture

On 13th September over 300 people attended the Trust’s annual Memorial Lecture hosted in the prestigious surroundings of the Royal Institute of British Architects.


The event started with a drinks reception in RIBA’s glamorous Florence Hall, where architects at every level, from those leading their own practices through to those still in training, had the opportunity to network and explore an interactive exhibition and work by students on the Stephen Lawrence Building Futures programme.  This is one of the Trust’s flagship programmes, supporting young people from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds to study and qualify as architects.

Following the reception, attendees filed into the lecture theatre to hear a series of lectures on the theme of architecture and the community.   Stuart Lawrence, Stephen’s brother and a trustee of the Trust, was the first speaker and talked movingly about the community he and Stephen grew up in.  He spoke about a happy childhood in a diverse and welcoming community, where neighbours were also friends. He described an endless view from his bedroom, stretching across houses and beyond to Woolwich Common, where he and Stephen used to cycle, and argued that ‘we deserve more open spaces for our kids’.

Stuart was followed by renowned architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Thomey, who together won the 2015 Royal Gold Medal for architecture, Elsie Owusu (a founding member of the Society of Black Architects and specialist conservation architect), Professor Bob Sheil (Director of the Bartlett School of Architecture) and Kibwe Tavares, who initially trained as an architect and is now an award-winning film director.

Asher Bourne, an SLCT alumni member joined the panel for a lively Q&A session. Asher received bursarial support from the Trust  to support him whilst studying at University and through The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme has gone on to gain a paid internship at Foster + Partners.


The evening closed with the presentation of an award, for outstanding contribution by an Alumni member of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Srimathi Aiyer received a bursary from the Trust in 2009 to support her studies, Srimathi is now a great supporter of the Trust’s Building Futures Programme, and has recently taken up a new role at MACE.


We are extremely grateful to our sponsors Coffey Architects, HKS Architects and JTP place-makers who enabled us to host such a successful evening and to Darren Comber, Chief Executive of Scott Brownrigg for chairing.


London Live filmed from the event and you can watch the interviews and highlights here 

The Stephen Lawrence Bursary Awards- 2016/17 Recipients announced


The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are pleased to present this year’s recipients of the annual Stephen Lawrence architecture bursary award. The bursary offers aspiring architecture students with the opportunity to receive financial support to enable them to complete their studies.

After successfully being shortlisted down to ten, with the support of Dian Small, RIBA’s New London Regional Director, the students received a portfolio review and attended a mock interview at Scott Brownrigg Covent Garden practice, in order to prepare for their bursary interviews at the Trust.

Elsie Owusu OBE; architect and Vice Chair at London School of Architecture, and Duncan Swinhoe; Director at Gensler UK, joined Baroness Lawrence for this year’s interview panel.

Each student presented their work to the panel and were provided the opportunity to explain how the bursary would help them on their journey into architecture.

The panel were extremely impressed with the high standards of the students and went on to award ALL TEN students a bursary award.

This year’s bursaries were made possible thanks to Marco Goldschmied, a long standing supporter of the Trust, Elsie Owusu OBE and Duncan Swinhoe, who all contributed financially to this year’s bursary awards.

Within Elsie’s role as Vice Chair at London School of Architecture (LSA), she has kindly donated £5,000 to the school to support students to access the LSA. One of this year’s SLCT bursary recipients is now able to attend the LSA thanks to Elsie’s financial contribution to the  SLCT bursary award.

Each student is on their own individual journey into architecture, both Part I and Part II students.  The reach of this year’s bursary is UK wide;

  • Themba is studying his Part II at UCA Canterbury
  • Richard is studying as a 2nd year Part I student – ‘BA Hons Architecture’ at Ravensbourne University
  • Qudus is beginning his studies in Architecture BA (Hons) at London Metropolitan
  • Miles is studying his Part II – Professional Diploma in Architecture at London Metropolitan University
  • Mark is beginning his Part I at the University of Kent
  • Jordan is going to study his Part II studies at The Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University)
  • Jhenae is going into her 2nd year as a Part I student at Ravensbourne University
  • Dominic is going into his final year as a Part I at London Metropolitan – CASS School of art and architecture
  • Frazer is going to study as a Part II at the new London School of Architecture
  • Ayokunle is studying his 2nd year Part I in Architecture at Ravensbourne University


One of the world’s most prestigious and innovative architecture practices, Foster + Partners, joins The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme.

Foster + Partners has been working in partnership with The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust over the past few months to create a programme of opportunities for the talented architecture students supported by the Trust.

The practice has established an international reputation with buildings such as London’s first ecological tall building, 30 St. Mary Axe, London, Bloomberg’s European Headquarters in London, and the new Apple Campus in Cupertino.

F+P 30 St. Mary Axe, London

The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme aims to support young talent across London from diverse backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in architecture.

Sonia Watson CEO at The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

“The momentum of The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme over the past year has been wonderful to witness, with over 75 students registered onto the programme looking to gain experience and financial support on their journey into architecture. I’m pleased to say many of these young people are already accessing work experience opportunities and professional mentors. These opportunities are only made possible through working in partnership with architecture practices such as Foster + Partners.”

Niall Dempsey, Partner, Foster + Partners:

“Foster + Partners is delighted to be working in partnership with The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme to promote diversity and young talent in architecture. The programme is unique for providing a platform to help young people make a successful career in architecture, inspiring both students and the architectural practices with their sterling work. We at Foster + Partners are proud to be able to support this initiative through internships and work experience placements at the practice.”
Foster + Partners will begin by offering a series of internships and work experience placements to students who will be working at their Riverside London studio in Battersea.


JTP join The Building Futures Programme

Further work experience placements offered to our cohort of aspiring architects as JTP – a placemaking practice of Architects and Masterplanners sign up to The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme.

JTP,  a design-led practice of 95 people based in Clerkenwell Central London and also Edinburgh, have signed up to offer work experience opportunities for prospective students who are at the crucial stages of exploring if architecture is a career they wish to pursue.

Janet Lewis – Operations Partner, JTP.

“JTP is excited about welcoming young students for work experience as part of the The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme.

We appreciate that choosing a career is one of the most important and difficult decisions a young person will make. JTP aims to help guide young students interested in the built environment in reaching this decision by offering genuine work experience and the opportunity to meet others who are either studying architecture or urban design or have completed their studies. We look forward to welcoming some aspiring architects this summer”.

Neil Onions –  Building Futures Manager

“Through JTP providing these invaluable work experience placements, young students will be able to make better informed decisions about their career choices. Work experience placements can be an exciting introduction into the world of architecture, and through working in partnership we aim to provide opportunities that inspire young people and provide them with a real insight into the world of work. I’m delighted that JTP have signed onto The Building Futures Programme and hope it’s the beginning of many opportunities to come”


Launch Event Success

The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme saw its official launch yesterday in Central London, which was attended by over 60 of London’s leading architecture practices, universities and key influential figures across the built environment.

Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

The event saw recipients of support, both past and present of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, presenting to the audience, shining a light on the very real need to support emerging young talent from BME backgrounds who aspire to become architects

Alumni and Staff

Alumni and Staff

Launch Event

Launch Event

Sonia Watson CEO, SLCT

Sonia Watson CEO, SLCT

There has been a huge demand from students already from across London and beyond who are looking for support in accessing work experience placements and internships as well as access to professional mentors, bursaries, scholarships and affordable housing options.

Launch Event

Launch Event

Alumni Exhibition

Alumni Exhibition

Lord kerslake - Peabody

Lord kerslake – Peabody

The Trust is receiving a great amount of support from architecture practices already, with many in attendance at the launch event pledging their support  to the Trust and the Programme.

Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

More news coming soon on further practices signing up to The Building Futures Programme to offer opportunities to the next generation of architects.

Launch Event

Launch Event

Launch Event

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The Launch Event

The Launch Event

Building Futures all over London…..

It’s been a fantastic couple of weeks for our young people on The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme.  One of our aspiring architecture student’s Pedro began his work experience placement with Adam Khan Architects based in Bethnal Green.

Adam Khan Architects

Adam Khan Architects

Adam Khan Architects

Adam Khan Architects

Another of our young students Antonio has accessed a work experience placement at the prestigious architecture practice Gensler.

Gensler UK

Gensler UK

Gensler UK

Gensler UK

10 of our younger cohort attended the Iconic ‘Yasmeen Lari building workshop’ held at The Cass, in partnership with RIBA

Yasmeen Lari building workshop

Yasmeen Lari building  workshop

Yasmeen Lari building workshop

Yasmeen Lari building workshop

We have also been able to provide 10 of our Part I & Part II architecture students the first in a series of workshops held at global architecture practice HKS, in their London office, exploring life drawing skills and techniques.

HKS Life Drawing Workshop

HKS Life Drawing Workshop

HKS Life Drawing Workshop

HKS Life Drawing Workshop

Another 20 of our Part I Students attended a bespoke four day workshop delivered by Autodesk and hosted at Ravensbourne University, this provided students with first hand expertise in REVIT and CAD. Daniel Wood delivered this fantastic workshop over 4 days with facilitation support from one of The Trusts Architecture Volunteers, Dian Small.

Autodesk Workshop

Autodesk Workshop

Autodesk Workshop

Autodesk Workshop

The Building Futures Programme continues to grow it’s partnerships with architecture practices across London, with new partners being announced later this month. The Trust also opens for applications for its prestigious bursary awards later this month.


Haworth Tompkins support young aspiring architects

“We believe that the architecture profession should reflect the diversity of the society it serves…..”

Haworth Tompkins is the latest architecture practice to offer support to The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme. The partnership between The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and Haworth Tompkins developed after Peabody, a partner in The Building Futures Programme, connected the two organisations.

Toby Johnson – Director at Haworth Tompkins

“We believe that the architecture profession should reflect the diversity of the society it serves, but the length of the training combined with the increasing cost of higher education risks becoming a serious deterrent to young people from more disadvantaged backgrounds wishing to enter the profession.

As such the work of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, in promoting access and diversity within the profession is more important than ever and we are pleased to be able to support their work by providing work placements and mentoring for some of the students that they support.”

A number of employees at Haworth Tompkins have come forward to offer their time as Mentors to some of the Trusts young cohort and a number of Work Experience placements have been created in the summer for Part I architecture Students engaged on the programme.

Neil Onions – Building Futures Manager

“Haworth Tompkins has shown a clear passion and understandings for what The Trust is aiming to achieve through The Building Futures Programme. As a successful London based practice they understand the importance of needing to support young people from marginalised backgrounds, helping ensure the next generation of architects represent the community in which they work”.


Partnership in Action – Autodesk

“Autodesk are proud to be assisting students on The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme by offering our expertise in the building design industry and supporting the students to become work-ready”.

The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme and Autodesk are partnering to deliver a FREE 4 day workshop to aspiring young architects. Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and is providing its expertise as an in-kind gesture to the Trust. The Building Futures Programme supports young students, 16-30 years of age from Black Minority and Ethnic backgrounds who live in London and wish to pursue a career in architecture.

“Autodesk are proud to be assisting students on The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme by offering our expertise in the building design industry and supporting the students to become work-ready.

Currently a lot of school leaders are taking advantage of the free software that is available, which ranges from BIM tools for building design and construction, to 3D mechanical CAD and visualisation software that Autodesk offer. However there is still a big role for the industry to play here when it comes to inspiring the next generation, which is why Autodesk are stepping up to assist these students on their educational experience.

While we are moving in the right direction – especially in terms of government initiatives – more needs to be done. More companies need to get involved with institutions, charities and education to really drive the understanding of what is required to sufficiently train our future workforce and bridge the skills gap. ”

Mike Westlake
UK & CEE Manager- Autodesk Education Experiences

Daniel Wood who is the Autodesk Trainer that will be delivering the workshop has also donated much of his own free time liaising with The Building Futures Manager to deliver a unique tailored workshop for the young attendees.


“Working with Autodesk and SLCT I feel privileged to have been invited and to be a part of such a great cause I am more than happy to use my personal time and pass on my knowledge of a research project on BIM with joint collaboration with Professor D, Morton.

The more applied skills within using software such as Revit (Autodesk) can benefit Architecture and Architectural Technology students greatly for their pursuit to careers in (AEC) industry. There is a shift within modern architectural practice with a large emphasise on computational design within the aspects of BIM. This emergence has led to an exciting new era within how we design buildings and how we create our sustainable built environment for the next hundred years plus.”

The workshop, which is now fully booked, is being hosted at Ravensbourne University, who have been kind enough to provide one of their I.T rooms free of charge to The Trust. The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme have been supporting architecture students at Ravensbourne by providing them with access to work experience placements within architecture practices and access to professional mentors.

Idrees Rasouli, Head of Programme (BA Hons IDEA), RavensbourneRB

“To maintain the innovative strength of the field of architecture, it’s important for our students to keep up with the cutting edge technologies that are being used in the industry.

This partnership draws upon Ravensbourne’s ethos and our core strength of highly interactive teaching and learning. Education-focused training supported by Autodesk will lead to new learning environments for students at the Department of Architecture, and we are delighted to be part of and support this collaboration, the makings of a great alliance are in place”.

Neil Onions, Building Futures Manager,
“The Trust is thrilled to have the support of Autodesk whose expertise in the area of building design will be invaluable to our students. One of the many barriers that face marginalised young people is the lack of access to opportunities, whether that’s due to affordability or simply the lack of awareness of such opportunities. By working in partnership with both Autodesk and Ravensbourne we are able to begin to address some of the barriers that young students face, and provide much needed opportunities. I hope it’s the beginning of more to come”.



Exciting New Partnership Announced


The RIBA show their support to The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme by offering a number of their students places on their upcoming ‘Sustainable Workshop’ in March, run by the iconic architect Yasmeen Lari; Pakistan’s first female architect. The workshop is part of RIBA’s Creation from Catastrophe Exhibition.

Jane Duncan, RIBA President –
“We are proud to be growing our long-standing partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Our new national schools and young people’s programme and the Trust’s Building Futures programme are aligned in a shared commitment to supporting future generations in learning about and appreciating the value of good architecture. Through partnership there is the opportunity to exponentially extend the impact of our work, which we hope will lead to the long-standing benefit of many more young people who otherwise may not have the opportunity to access education and careers in architecture”.

The Trust and RIBA are developing exciting new areas for partnerships working this year, sharing opportunities across networks, including youth forums and workshops, widening the reach and support provided to young aspiring architects from marginalised backgrounds.

Sonia Watson, CEO Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust –
“The RIBA have hosted the Annual Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture at their 66 Portland Place premises each September for the past 10 years in support of The Trust, which celebrates the life of Stephen Lawrence and the work The Trust carries out as part of his legacy. With both The Trust and RIBA’s new youth focused architecture programmes we will be able to offer new opportunities to young aspiring architects, ensuring these valuable opportunities reach all young people, it’s an exciting time for both The Trust and The RIBA.”


Gensler Join The Building Futures Programme

World renowned architecture firm Gensler join The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme and kick off their support by delivering a fantastic bespoke Architecture Portfolio & CV workshop. The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has been working in partnership with Gensler to develop some exciting opportunities for their cohort of young people.

Duncan Swinhoe the Managing Principal at Gensler UK shared his thoughts,
“When we look at all the fantastic work our colleagues at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are doing, we are amazed and truly inspired. And so for us to have the opportunity to pass on our collective knowledge – to help in any way we can – is a genuine honor.

The world of architecture should be open to everyone, regardless of social or economic background. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to take part in our industry and develop their potential as far as they desire.

The communities that the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is working with are full of talented young people who may not have access to the opportunities or connections needed to make it in the industry. For us, the chance to provide just a modicum of support to such a worthy and inspirational cause is an opportunity we couldn’t pass.”


– Image taken from the Workshop hosted at The Stephen Lawrence Center

Gensler are working with The Trust to provide work experience placements to a range of young people aged 16 to 30, living and studying in London. In providing opportunities for work experience placements and delivering a series of bespoke workshops the Programme is positively increasing young people’s employability and skills, supporting them on the journey into architecture and the built environment.

“Gensler have been passionate in supporting our mission to provide quality opportunities to marginalised young people wishing to pursue a career in architecture. In having such a leading architecture practice prepared to engage with The Trust on our Building Futures Programme is such an exciting development and one that I look forward to seeing flourish”
– Sonia Watson – CEO – The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

The Trust is passionate in continuing to develop partnerships with architecture practices in order to grow its reach and expand the support provided to marginalise young people, ensuring all young people have access to opportunities.


Alumni meet to support The Building Futures Programme


The Stephen Lawrence Alumni attended a meeting last night to discuss future plans and events for the year ahead. The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme is growing quickly and the support The Trust is able to offer young aspiring architects is ever growing.

The Alumni members gave their time for free last night to share ideas and talk about their experiences. The plans for the year ahead include workshops, exhibitions, and events, all of which are taking shape with the Alumni providing invaluable knowledge about the needs of architecture students and creative ways to provide opportunities.

Alumni members include current students as well as fully qualified architects, each having received support from the Trust, supporting them on their journey into architecture.

Keep your eyes out for more exciting news coming very soon.


Architecture Portfolio and CV Workshop

Architecture Portfolio and CV Workshop

February 4th 2016 @ 13.30 – 17.30

The Stephen Lawrence Center
39 Brookmill Road

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are proud to host an architecture Portfolio and CV Workshop in partnership with global architecture practice Gensler. 

This unique opportunity is provided to The Stephen Lawrence Alumni and is delivered through The Building Futures Programme. This exciting workshop will provide you with the chance to get first hand advice from the experts in the field, giving you top tips on how to stand out in a sea of applications when applying for work experience and internships and how to avoid the common pitfalls often made.

You will be advised on how to make the biggest impact in the shortest space of time – telling a story through your portfolio and CV, making the recruiter want to hire you.

We anticipate this workshop to be extremely popular so we will have a first come first serve sign up (Only 20 spaces available so act fast to secure your spot)

To sign up to the workshop please email Neil Onions at


Please note this workshop will not provide coaching on specific drawing techniques or advice on how to use InDesign or CAD packages (This will be addressed in later workshops) 


HKS Architects Join The Building Futures Programme

HKS are the latest architecture company to show support to The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme, providing professional mentors, work experience placements and workshops to aspiring young architects.

HKS have been working in partnership with the Trust to develop unique opportunities for London’s young aspiring architects, providing a real insight into the world of design, research and management.

January 2016 will see the first two students begin their mentoring placements at HKS’ London office.


HKS Architects work a great deal with local communities within the built environment. Engaging with the Building Futures Programme, will give us a real opportunity to use our years of experience and develop a tailored, ‘one to one’ support programme to input at key stages throughout a young’s persons education and professional career development.

We are delighted in Partnering with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in supporting our next generation of talented young people”.    

– Alfonso Padro, Director of Education EMENA HKS Architects

2016 will see the beginning of a 12 month Programme that HKS have created to support a range of young people from year 11 students through to Part 1 Students.

“Providing young people with the opportunity to gain real experiences in a world renowned architecture practice like HKS is what the Building Futures Programme is all about. The willingness and enthusiasm that HKS have shown in supporting the Trust is a fantastic example of how partnership working can really benefit the young people we are supporting. I look forward to witnessing the positive impact these opportunities will have on our cohort of young people”

– Sonia Watson,  CEO Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust