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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.”


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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.”


Enfield Architecture Programme Students

A year of success delivering social value

Over the past year, The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust have been working in partnership with Karakusevic Carson Architects to enhance the delivery of the ‘social value’ element of the Meridian Water Development in Enfield. The Trust worked with the architecture team at their studio to design a diversity and inclusion programme that would have a lasting impact on local young people.

Follow the link  below to read more.

Meridian Water Development – Year 1 newsletter




Meet the recipients of The Stephen Lawrence Bursary Prize 2017

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

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

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

You can read their stories here  

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

INTO Publishing

Into Publishing

Please note that this opportunity has now closed.


Are you 18-30? Do you want a career in publishing? 

  • To become a writer, agent, editor or publicist?
  • Develop skills, knowledge, and experience within the business?
  • Be mentored by an industry expert?
  • Network and make contacts?
  • Help finding a job?

We are looking for dynamic individuals to give a FREE package of comprehensive support that includes: training, mentoring and events that will assist you in your career.

Included is:

Get into Book Publishing’ Training – An action packed 4 day training programme supported by University College London which will cover everything from Editorial, Design, Sales, Rights, Marketing, Publicity, and Finance. The course starts on the 29/08/2017.

Free one-year membership with the Society of Young Publishers.

Into Publishing Mentoring – 6 months of 1:1 support from an industry expert from Hachette UK. They will support you as you progress your career within industry and beyond.

Into Publishing – Starting the Story Event 21/09/2017 – Free entry into our evening at Hachette UK, the home of leading publishing companies Headline Publishing Group, Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray, Quercus, Orion Publishing Group, Octopus Publishing Group, Hachette Children’s Group, Little, Brown Book Group, Neon Play, Bookouture and Hodder Education. You will meet Authors, Literary Agents, Editorial Directors, Managing Director, Publicity Managers, Sales Directors and more. They will be telling their stories about how they got ‘Into Publishing’ and will also be on hand to answer any questions you have on what to do to get into the sector.


To apply, please send your CV together with a supporting letter answering the following questions:

  1. What are the skills you need to work in the publishing industry and how can you demonstrate them?
  2. Tell us about a book that has had an impact on you in the last 12 months.

Please send the requested information to: with the subject heading ‘INTO Publishing programme’. 

The application deadline is 7th July 2017


Stephenson Harwood LLP secure feature in ‘Graduate Recruiter’ magazine on partnership work

The law firm Stephenson Harwood has written a feature about their partnership work with us, which has been published in the ‘Graduate Recruiter’ magazine.

Longtime supporters, the firm have worked with us on our school-based careers programmes – firstly our pilot scheme (‘Access to Professions: Law’) and the extension of this into our new, broader Career Pathway initiative. The article describes this involvement and emphasises the importance of:

  • Targeting students at a younger age than most initiatives as longer term decisions tend to be made by students at such an early stage
  • Providing sustained support to the students rather than a one-off intervention

You can read the full article here.

For more information about our Career Pathway programme, click here. 


Highlights newsletter – Building Futures Programme

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 

Chobham Manor – Site Manager – Taylor Wimpey


Chobham Manor – Site Manager – Paid Summer 2017 Work Placement

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust begin with the first, in what we hope to be many, opportunities for young people within with the wider built environment. We are taking are extensive experience of over 20 years working with aspiring architects and broadening our support into the wider construction industry.

The exciting paid opportunity is for a student studying in Construction Project Management, gaining paid experience working on the Chobham Manor project in Stafford East London. The placement will be with Taylor Wimpey, one of the largest home-builders in the UK.

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are sharing this incredible opportunity through our network, administering the bursary, and mentoring the student throughout the placement period.

Read full details here on how to apply

Deadline Wednesday 14th June 2017.


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. 



Peabody – A Vital partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust!

Peabody are one of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trusts key partners of our flagship Building Futures Programme.


One of the largest and oldest housing associations in London, Peabody has been pivotal to the continuing success of the Building Futures programme which supports aspiring BAME young Architecture students and graduates build careers in the profession.


Peabody Chair, Lord Kerslake, helped launch the Building Futures Programme at the House of Lords in 2016.

Peabody is utilising their network of architectural practices to promote Building Futures by inviting their key partners to engage with the Trust.


Stephen Burns, Executive Director Communities at Peabody said: “Peabody shares the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s vision of increasing access into the various professions associated with the built environment for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented groups. The young people involved so far are making the most of their opportunities and we look forward to seeing how they progress.”


Haworth Tompkins, an award-winning Architecture practice whose projects include Peabody Avenue in Pimlico and Silchester in Kensington and Chelsea, was one of the practices that reached out to the Trust after Peabody’s introduction. Several of their architects came forward to mentor several of our talented students, with one of the students, a Part I graduate Larry Botchway continuing to gain paid employment. The Practice also went on to offer two of our talented students paid summer internships, and they are now in the process of delivering a series of workshops.




Farrer Huxley Associates (FHA), a Landscape architecture practice is also working with the Trust to encourage prospective landscape architects into the profession which is struggling to attract students currently.

Director Noel Farrer spoke at an industry seminar hosted by The Trust, which led to 6 students attending a bespoke workshop with FHA, after which two students were selected to attend further work experience.

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.


Sales and Marketing Internship Opportunity

Bloom bakery & catering

Bloom are offering a part-time Sales and Marketing Internship for an enthusiastic individual
looking to build a career in sales and marketing. You’ll join Bloom at an exciting time, as
we’re just getting off the ground, and will be able to play a key role in helping to shape our
brand and develop our marketing strategy. You’ll be given real responsibility in the
business, and will have the opportunity to gain significant experience in a wide range of

Responsibilities can be tailored to your skills or areas of interest, but could include:

• Exploring new markets for Bloom’s catering services and working closely with the
Director to create a sales and marketing strategy to develop our customer base
• Brand development – supporting Bloom to establish and communicate its brand identity
• Developing our online presence across a range of social media and digital channels
• Design of printed marketing materials
• Photography of Bloom products and creation of an image gallery for use in marketing
• Events planning for key marketing and sales opportunities e.g. Lewisham People’s Day

Who Are We Looking For?

We’re looking for someone with a true passion for sales and marketing, who is seeking to
gain hands-on volunteering experience in a real business setting. You will be a self-starter,
who can bring plenty of creativity and inspiration to the role. You’ll be comfortable taking
direction and feedback, but will be able to work independently, bringing your own ideas
and initiative to the table.


• Demonstrable interest in sales and marketing
• The flexibility and creativity to work in a start-up business
• Willingness to perform a range of different tasks and try new areas of work
• Highly computer literate, including competence with Office software and experience with
using a range of social media platforms
• Passion for working in an organisation that makes a difference in the community
• An interest in the food and hospitality sector is desirable, but not essential

Essential Details

• Hours: Part-time, ideally one day per week working with the Director. Additional days of
independent working can be agreed, if desired.
• Location: Catford or Lewisham centre, to be agreed
• Expenses: Travel expenses within London and lunch expenses will be reimbursed
• This is a volunteer position
• Reference: Professional reference can be can be provided on completion of minimum one
month’s volunteering (4 volunteering days)

For more information, and to apply, please contact


Harris Academy Greenwich students visit Houses of Parliament

Last week we took a group of Year 9 students from Harris Academy Greenwich on a visit to the Houses of Parliament. The students went on a tour, visiting both the House of Commons and House of Lords. They learnt about the history of parliament as well as the day-to-day activities of MPs. The students then took part in a workshop which explored different ways to get involved in politics.

Read more about our schools programmes here and here 

The Annual Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture 2017 – Speakers announced!

We are excited to announce our inspirational key-note speakers for this years Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture, which will be held at the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), on the evening of September 12th 2017.

The Lecture will commemorate Stephen Lawrence who would have been 43 years old. This annual event helps raise vital funds for the Trust. This ensures we can continue with our aim in supporting young aspiring architects who are mainly from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

The Memorial Lecture is themed on Sensory Architecture and is set to be an architecture diary highlight of the year!

Tickets are now available!

The Speakers

About Francis Kéré

Francis Kéré is a German-trained architect from the small West African town of Gando in Burkina Faso. Going against traditional native concerns about the ‘Western curriculum’, he attended school and was eventually awarded a scholarship to apprentice in Germany, where he went on to earn a university degree in architecture and engineering. Whilst studying, he founded the Kéré Foundation to fund the construction of the Gando Primary School which earned the prestigious Aga Khan Award in 2001.

Kéré has recently been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017.

About Spencer de Grey CBE

Spencer de Grey shares design responsibility for all Foster + Partners’ projects as joint Head of Design. He studied architecture at Cambridge University under Sir Leslie Martin. On graduating in 1969 he worked for the London Borough of Merton, being responsible for one of the first Middle schools in the country.

He is visiting Professor of Design at the University of Cambridge, Chairman of the Building Centre Trust, and architectural advisor to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. He also lectures widely. In 1997 he was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and in 2008 was elected a Royal Academician.

About Simone de Gale

Simone de Gale was one of the first London based recipients of the Stephen Lawrence Bursary Award to start their own Architect’s practice in 2010.  Most recently she was awarded Winner; ‘Architect of the Year’, at the Women in Construction Awards 2017.

Grab your Early bird tickets and put it in your calendar!

You will not be disappointed at this hotly anticipated event of the year.


Chobham Manor – PRP Opportunity – DEADLINE FRIDAY 2ND JUNE!


Chobham Manor – Architecture Summer 2017 Work Placement

We have an exciting opportunity for an Architecture student 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 are sharing this incredible opportunity through our network, administering the bursary, and mentoring the student throughout the placement period.

Read full details here on how to apply