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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

Schools Progammes update – workshops and inspirational talks!


We have been extremely busy over the last few days with workshops and inspirational talks for our Transitions and Career Pathways Programmes. Starting with Harris Academy Greenwich, Year 8 and Year 9 groups had an employability workshop on the importance of networking and knowing how to sell yourself. During this workshop the students played games such as networking bingo and we discussed how to choose a career through their interests and hobbies. The students then learnt what to say about themselves in a 30 second commercial and practiced doing this with their peers.

Additionally, the Year 13’s at Harris Academy Greenwich had a workshop on finance. This was particularly important as all of the students were planning to go to University. The students used case studies to practice keeping on top of their finances and also discussed the difference between needs and wants. 

At Deptford Green we had a careers lunch with Leanne, Rich, Hope and Farhana from AEI Group. While SLCT served refreshments, the Year 11 students found out what it would be like to work in the music industry. They were introduced to a range of jobs within the company and also how each of the professionals got to where they are now. All of our visitors gave advice about being proactive and knowing how to network, which the students found to be extremely useful. 

The Year 9 students had a brilliant workshop ran by Magnus from Stiff and Trevillion. The students discovered what it would be like to be an Architect. They had a go at designing their classroom into a study space for older students. The Year 9’s came up with some great ideas and bravely presented them to their peers. 

Lastly, the Year 8 students had an inspiring talk from four professionals. Paddy Johsnton from Hachette, Ed Davey from Global Witness, Christine Gausden a Construction Project Manager and Peter Cater from Skanska. They spoke about what their professions entail and how they got to where they are now – which wasn’t always the direct route. The students left feeling more informed about the different career options available to them. One student said that after today they will,

“Think more differently about the job they want to do.”

Career Pathways and Transition Programme weekly update!

This week was the start of our Year 11 mentoring within the Transition Programme in three of the schools we work with within Lewisham and Greenwich.  During this time the mentors and mentees got to know each other.  The mentors also began to offer their very useful advice and guidance to the students, for their imminent transition period.


The core Year 9 group on the Career Pathways Programme from Deptford Green had an inspiring talk from Yasia Williams, an Art Director at Octopus Books and Esther an Entrepreneur.  These ladies talked about their careers and the paths they chose to get where they are today.  All of the students said it made them feel more confident about achieving their goals.


Some of the students said that from the inspirational talk they will now…

“Focus more on discovering what I want to be and how I could act to develop my future career.”

“Try and be more confident.”


Update on our School Programmes

Careers Pathway Programme

We kicked off the New Year catching up with one of our Year 9 groups to find out how they were enjoying the programme and we got some amazing feedback!  We asked the students if they would recommend the programme to their friends and they responded,

“Yes! They would really enjoy it. Everyone should have this experience.”

“Yes, because it gives you more information and confidence to achieve.  I didn’t have confidence, but I do now from listening to other people.”

Our Year 10 mentoring programme has also got off to a great start.  Most of our mentees are receiving support writing their CVs and work experience applications which is coming up in May.  As well as this they are also thinking about their future career, with their mentor’s guidance and advice.


Transitions Programme

The Transitions programme started the new year with workshops. One Year 8 group had an employability workshop where we discussed the 21st century skills needed in employment.  We used interactive activities to focus on communication, problem solving and being proactive.  All the students said they felt more confident about their skills and future career options,

“So in the future I can get a good job and I know what skills I need.”

And when asked what they had learnt another student said,

“I learnt how to communicate and skills that help you get a job.”

Some of the Year 11 students were treated to a workshop ran by TK Talks.  She encouraged the students to live life without limits.  Inspiring them to work towards their career goal and how to persuade other people to invest in them.



historic england

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

We need you to tell the story behind the buildings!

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

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates:

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

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

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

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


For more information and to sign up for workshops, please email

Baroness Lawrence Co-working space

Baroness Lawrence visits our new Co-Working Space

Our founder and Life President, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, welcomed all the pro-bono contractors involved with the work programme at the centre, and thanked them for their exceptional contribution to the relaunch of the Stephen Lawrence Centre as a state of the art co-working space. 


The Co-Working space enables the Trust to take a new step towards realising its vision and mission by opening up to start-ups and entrepreneurs, providing them with affordable spaces to develop their ideas and create valuable support networks.


This project has only been made possible by the support of our alumni, Gensler, BW: Workplace Experts, LBA Branding, The Office Group, Ana Becheru RIBA and a supply chain of many incredible partners.  


We aim to open in time for March 2018. Register your interest here.

Photography by Carlotta Luke 


SLCT completes equality and diversity guide for the Arts Council

equality diversity guide


Arts Council England is the single biggest funder of arts and cultural organisations in England and is committed to ensuring that publicly funded arts and culture reflect the rich diversity of our country.  The Arts Council recently commissioned Stephen Lawrence Consulting to develop guidance that would help the organisation it funds not only to meet their legal responsibilities under equalities legislation but also to have a real impact on equality, diversity and inclusion in their organisations.

The guidance needed to help organisations address equality, diversity and inclusion in their cultural and artistic programmes and to provide support with increasing diversity at board level and below. We worked closely with the Arts Council to develop a series of materials to inspire and support arts and culture organisations on their journey to better equality and diversity practice.


Arts Council Equality Action Report –


Submissions Administrator – Hachette UK



Casual Contract, approx. 22.5 days’ work between Nov 2017 and Jan 2018

Are you passionate about books? Do you believe that books should represent all people and experiences?

The Future Bookshelf are looking for a passionate and organised Submissions Administrator to join their team on a temporary basis during our busy open submissions period.

At The Future Bookshelf we believe that publishing should be open and accessible to all people, from all backgrounds, from all communities. Part of Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, John Murray Press and Quercus, we are always on the lookout for books that surprise us, inspire us, make us laugh, make us cry or tell us something that we didn’t know about the world. From 1 to 7 December 2017, we’ll be opening our doors to unpublished, unagented writers, offering them the opportunity to submit their works of fiction and non-fiction.

The role involves key administrative tasks for the project, including assisting with the running of social media and web content, organising and distributing the submissions to volunteer readers, tracking responses from readers, handling responses to submissions and any technical queries. There will also be an opportunity to read submissions and take part in editorial discussions.

The ideal candidate will need excellent organisation and IT skills, a passion for diverse writing and awareness of different social media platforms and how to use them. They will also be proficient with Microsoft Excel. Experience of working with WordPress and Adobe Photoshop would be advantageous, but not essential.

A successful candidate will have the opportunity to work within Hachette’s main UK office at Carmelite House, in Blackfriars, London, but there is also the opportunity to work some days remotely.

Please apply in writing to with a full CV, together with a covering letter that answers the following questions:

  1. Why do you believe diversity and inclusivity within book publishing is important?
  2. What skills do you have that make you suitable for this role?
  3. Which book that you have read within the last 12 months has had the biggest impact on you and why?

Closing Date: 9 November

For more information on The Future Bookshelf please visit

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are only able to get in touch directly with shortlisted candidates. If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please do let us know.



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.




Graduate Career Pathway delivers successful project with Hachette UK

The Graduate Career Pathway programme has just completed a pilot project with Hachette UK, the publishing house responsible for some of the most exciting books on the market. They are the proud publishers of Stephen King, Martina Cole, Jodi Picoult, Stieg Larsson, Trevor Noah, David Mitchell, Katie Piper, Mo Farrah, Graham Norton, and many more.

Throughout the duration of the project we supported 40 young people. We are so pleased with the outcomes:

  • 35 young people attended a careers seminar discussing different roles within the sector.
  • 7 young people have commenced mentoring relationships with members of the Hachette workforce.
  • 2 young people were awarded a fully funded place on the ‘Introduction to Publishing’ summer course at University College London (UCL).

The initiative is part of the Hachette diversity programme to provide opportunities for those that would not otherwise be able to receive an insight into the world of publishing.



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.


New programme in partnership with Harrow Council and Karakusevic Carson Architects

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, in partnership with Karakusevic Carson Architects and Harrow Council, has developed a new programme aimed to boost students into university.

Young people who are considering architecture as a career will be able to access work experience placements within the leading architecture studio, working on design briefs for the live site in Harrow. The young people will also be paired with industry mentors to support with CV writing and university applications.

The programme launches this summer and is open to A-Level students living or studying in Harrow who are planning to study architecture at University in 2018 (or going on to study an access course to University in 2018). One student will also be awarded a prestigious Stephen Lawrence Bursary Prize to support them during their architecture degree studies.

The project has been designed to add a social value element to the regeneration taking place in Harrow, fulfilling Harrow Council’s pledge to ensure local residents feel the benefits of development.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has recently appointed Paul Karakusevic as one of 50 architects and designers acting as advocates to the Mayor, working with local councils to improve the quality of the built environment across the capital. Mr Karakusevic stated:

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

Cllr Keith Ferry, Harrow Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration, said:

“This is a great way to get budding young architects involved in our exciting plans to build a better Harrow. Creating work placements and opportunities will not only help prepare them for the working world but they will get hands on experience working on some of our projects.”


Further Information on the Councils Building a Better Harrow can be found; 

For further information about the programme, to arrange a talk in your college or sixth form, or to express your interest, please contact Neil Onions at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust on or 02081002800.

Schools Mentoring Video

We are very excited to present a video which showcases the successes of our schools mentoring scheme.

The mentoring scheme forms part of our Career Pathway programme and involves the matching of Year 10 students with a professional mentor, who visit the school once a month for mentoring sessions. Just before the end of the school year in July, we held a Mentoring Learning Event at the Stephen Lawrence Centre to collect feedback from those involved. The video is a compilation of the responses we received:

If you are interested in becoming a mentor on our schools scheme, please email (to mentor Year 10 students) or (to mentor Year 13 students).



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.”


universal music

Exciting Internships Available with Universal Music!


We are now recruiting for paid internships with Universal Music!


These exciting roles are full-time for 12 months and are paid at the London Living Wage of £18,840 per annum.

Job descriptions for each internship are available via the links below:

Commercial Intern

Digital Intern

Marketing Intern


We are looking for candidates with the following general qualities:


  • Passionate about music
  • An open mind! Ready to work, create and comment on the shape of the music industry, confident in sharing ideas and working collaboratively with others
  • Self-motivated and passionate about music
  • Literacy and numeracy needs to be good
  • Experience working within an administrative role is a plus
  • Happy to work full time for 12 months
  • The ability to learn quickly and adapt in a busy environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to deal with people at all levels within the business
  • Highly organised with the ability to keep calm under pressure
  • Flexible and able to prioritise own workload


  • Candidates with a strong interest/skill in digital media
  • Candidates with an entrepreneurial spark -they write their own blog, have their own You-Tube Channel, run club nights, manage artists or bands

If this sounds like you, please send your CV and a cover letter that details how you meet the essential criteria and person specification for the role you are interested in to 

Please view the job descriptions above to check that you meet the specific criteria for the position you are interested in.

The deadline for all applications is Monday 7th August at 5pm.

We are also taking CVs for candidates interested in A&R, Press, Promotions, Legal, Finance, Partnerships and other support areas, for future opportunities.



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.


Sedgehill students visit their mentors at the BTG offices

Last week, we took students from Sedgehill school to visit their mentors at their offices near Blackfriars, for a final meeting before the summer holidays. The mentors all work for BTG plc, a healthcare company, in a range of different roles.

The students were treated to lunch when they arrived, followed by a talk by Paul Mussenden, the General Counsel, about his career journey and current role at the company.

Students and their mentors then joined up for a mentoring session, after which the mentors took them on a tour of the offices. This gave the students a real insight into their working environment.

Thank you to staff from BTG from volunteering as mentors over past few months and hosting this successful visit!


Exhibition: Celebrating excellent black architects

The Trust are proud to announce the opening of a new exhibition at the Stephen Lawrence Centre, celebrating the success of black architects in London.

Simone de Gale, Chartered Architect; ARB, RIBA, and recent winner of Architect of the Year, launched her ‘Celebration of Black Architects’ exhibition on the 13th of July by delivering an inspirational workshop for young people.

The exhibition follows research highlighting the under-representation of successful black architects, and was developed from a series of interviews with 10 black architects talking about their background, their inspirations and their works.

Listed by the Architect’s Journal as a top 15 must-see event this year, the exhibition will be on display until 11th August and hopes to inspire young architects, including those from ethnic minority backgrounds, and make us all think differently. Be sure not to miss out on seeing this fantastic exhibition.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri – 9am-5pm.


Below: Young people at the inspirational workshop delivered by Simone de Gale.



Sedgehill school students explore careers in the arts at the Albany Theatre

On Monday 10th June, we took a group of Year 9 students from Sedgehill School to visit the Albany Theatre in Deptford, South East London. The students, all part of our Career Pathways programme, which aims to better inform young people about the variety of different careers available to them, were then given a tour of the theatre. The tour included seeing the backstage operations, meeting with special effects technicians, and finally ended with a glimpse at the rigging above the stage. The students then were given the task of developing a marketing campaign to attract young people to various events being put on at the Albany during the summer holidays.

Thank you to the staff at the Albany Theatre who gave up their time to ensure the trip was a success!


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.”