Next year’s Big Half takes place on Sunday 10th March 2019. Stephen was a keen runner and participated in the Mini London Marathon in 1988. We want to make the 2019 Big Half a celebration of his life as well as an inspiring way to raise funds to secure his legacy.

We are incredibly lucky to be working with Virgin Money London Marathon, who have given us a select number of places for the Big Half. In fact, our 18-Mile Marker competition in partnership with them has just got underway, offering a unique chance for Part 1 Architecture students/graduates to design the 18th mile marker for this year’s marathon.

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So, if running through our wonderful capital city, supported by thousands of cheering spectators, sounds like a challenge you would relish, and you’d like to raise money to support our work, let us know! You’ll not only have our support throughout your training, but the satisfaction of knowing that every penny you raise will support our work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We’ll be at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich to congratulate you once you’ve completed the 13 miles. We hope you’ll join Stephen’s Team!

We only have a limited number of places available so If you’d like to be considered for a place on Stephen’s Team please let us know by Friday 7th December. Places are first come first serve.

Fee for entry: £10 upon confirmation of place

Minimum Sponsorship: £500

We hope to hear from you soon!

Competition to design the 18-mile marker for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, in collaboration with London Marathon Events Ltd, is pleased to invite Part 1 architecture students and Part 1 graduates from the United Kingdom to take part in a competition for the design of the Virgin Money London Marathon 18-Mile marker.

The competition is free to enter and there are no requirements to submit any physical models or expensive print outs.

We are looking for bold and innovative designs that celebrate Stephen’s life and all that the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has achieved in his name, inspiring and supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter architecture and other careers.  The marker is also a chance to celebrate the very first national Stephen Lawrence Day, which will encourage and support young people in achieving their dreams. The marker design will be featured at the world’s leading marathon as a statement of ambition, creativity and imagination.

The competition will be held in two stages. Stage 1 is an ideas competition, where entrants are asked to develop a high-level concept design that proposes a strong idea for the mile marker.  Those short-listed for the second stage will spend a day at the Arena Group factory, the company that produces the marathon mile markers.   The visit will give the shortlisted entrants a better understanding about the general assembly process of marker structures and they will learn about the constraints attached to the marker design.  At the end of Stage 2, entrants will be asked to present their designs to a judging panel including Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

Working with the Virgin Money London Marathon operations team and Arena Group, the competition winner will have the opportunity to develop the proposal for the mile marker further to an actual construction design.

The proposed mile marker will be installed at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, enjoyed by 40,000 runners and seen by a global audience.

To encourage as wide a range of entrants as possible and to ensure that all eligible students can take part, entry to the competition is free, only digital documents and no hard copies are needed, and travel expenses to the factory day and panel presentation will be paid.

Key Dates

  • Registration: 01/10/2018 – 21/10/2018 at midnight (3 weeks)
  • Stage 1: 22/10/2018 – 11/11/2018 at midnight (3 weeks)
  • Stage 2: 19/11/2018 – 09/12/2018 at midnight- (3 weeks)
  • Factory visit to Arena Group: week beginning 21/11/2018
  • Presentation to the judging panel: week beginning 10/12/2018
  • Announcement of the winner: Before Christmas
  • Construction design development of winning proposal: 07/01/2019 – 01/02/2019 (4 weeks)
  • Virgin Money London Marathon Day: 28/04/2019
Mile Marker Brief


  • You must register in order to enter the competition.
  • In order to register, please email and put ‘register’ in the subject line.
  • You need to include your full name and the full name of any other people included on your team (up to 4 people per team).
  • We will accept a scanned copy of student ID.
  • No individual is allowed to register twice.

Please note that registration closes at midnight on 21st October 2018.
We regret that we cannot accept any entries that are not registered by this date.


The value of localised engagement continues on the Olympic development site in East London

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.

Bareera 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

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.


School Programmes Update!

All of the students we work with on our school programmes have had a busy month. Firstly, Sedgehill has been involved in a Speed Mentoring activity. The students had 5 minutes to speak with 6 professionals from the Ministry of Justice, Fountain Court Chambers and Hachette Publishing. Following this event some of the students were able to visit Fountain Court Chambers. During this insight day, the Year 9’s met inspirational people to find out more about careers as a Barrister, Clerk and Judge. Some of the students said,

“I’d never seen a court before so that was good.”

“It has made me feel more confident in achieving my goals because a lot of them came from normal backgrounds.”


Shakespeare’s Globe and MAKE Architects kindly hosted insight days for students from Harris Academy Greenwich. After a presentation from a current apprentice and a front and backstage tour, 89% of the students said the visit to Shakespeare Globe made them feel more informed about careers in the Creative Sector. During our visit to MAKE Architects the students were given a studio tour and a model making workshop. The brief was to design their own hobby space. The students said the visit,

“Gave me a good experience of what it is like to be an Architect.”

“I learnt what a modern architectural workplace is like.”

” I am more confident about a career in Architecture because I feel like it is accessible to me.”


Students from Deptford Green visited Chapman BDSP for a morning of workshops that gave them an insight into life as a Building Services Engineer. The careers explored were Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health (MEP) Engineering, Fire Engineering and Environmental Design. All of the students said they learnt more about the engineering industry from this day. Lastly, the Year 9 students visited Your Space at the Stephen Lawrence Centre for a workshop with SCRUM Educational Experience. The students got to work on designing an app for disadvantaged children who wanted to go on Work Experience but couldn’t afford to. The students said they enjoyed the workshop because they found out what it was like working in tech and learnt more about business modelling.


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
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!

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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.

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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.”



School Programmes Update!

Over the last few weeks the younger students have learnt about careers in Architecture, Law, Engineering, Graphic Design, the Royal Air Force and Medicine!

The Year 8 students from Deptford Green attended an insight day to HKS Architects. They were given a tour of the offices, a presentation on how to become an Architect and a workshop where they got to redesign the new office. The students said they enjoyed,
‘Learning about how Architecture can benefit us in the future’ and ‘The skills in Architecture.’

The Year 8 and 9 students from Harris Academy Greenwich were involved in a Speed Networking activity. In small groups the students were able to talk with individuals from the RAF, Hachette Publishing, Melanin Medics and an MRI Engineer. The volunteers gave the students advice and guidance on their goals and aspirations. 88% of the students said the activity made them feel more confident to achieve their goals.

Stephenson Hardwood gave the Year 9 Deptford Green students a brilliant workshop on negotiating and public speaking. Through interactive activities the students thought about their body language and presentation. This led on to an impressive debate to finish. They learnt skills that are crucial for being a lawyer, but also transferable to other job roles. The students said the workshop helped them feel more informed because,
‘It showed me how to give a good impression to an employer’ and ‘I learnt that speaking slowly, posture and confidence matters.’


The Year 10 mentoring has now ended in Sedgehill School and Deptford Green. A big thank you goes out to these mentors who committed to the 6 month programme. The mentors built a relationship with their mentees and helped them with their CV’s, work experience and any additional information, advice and guidance to build their confidence and raise their aspirations.





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


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




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

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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