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

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

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


Open letter to the AJ

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

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

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

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

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

Open letter

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full article here 



The Trust + The AJ Launch Landmark Diversity Survey

Help Make Architecture More Inclusive. 

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

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

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

You can take the survey here;

Stephen's Team

7 top tips for running the London Marathon from a lady who knows

Julie Creffield, author of The Fat Girls’ Guide To Marathon Running, shares her top tips with runners for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Taking on a marathon is a daunting task, particularly if – like most of those running for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – it’s your first. Our ten runners have certainly been working up the perspiration, but we wanted to add inspiration to the mix. So we were delighted when Julie Creffield, who writes popular blog toofattorun, recently published The Fat Girls’ Guide To Marathon Running, and is an all round good egg, offered to give an inspirational talk for #StephensTeam.

All our marathoners have told us that running for a cause they really care about keeps them motivated whilst training, but Julie had some other practical advice to get them to the finish line. We wanted to share her wisdom to help others, and if you get something out of it, please make a donation to the Trust or sponsor one of our runners (details below).

Julie’s top tips

Have a plan. Work out which will be your fast miles and where you expect to go more slowly; if people are coming to cheer for you, tell them in advance where to be; think about the sights and sounds that will motivate you, so you can count down to them as you run.

Let loved ones know that in the six weeks run up to the marathon, you are the Mo Farrah in your family. That means you need looking after – you don’t want to be humping shopping and get an injury at the last minute that means you have to pull out.

• Don’t change anything on the day. Wear the kit you have practised in. Eat and drink as you have been during your training. Marathon day is not the time to find out that your expensive new trainers give you blisters!

Vaseline is your friend. It’s not glamorous, but every runner gets chafing, and often in the most unpleasant of places. Avoid the worst of it by lubricating liberally! You can also avoid it by re-dressing carefully after a toilet stop – lots of chafing happens because people rush to get dressed and don’t put their clothes back on properly.

Have an emergency plan. Statistically more people die playing monopoly than running a marathon, but its still worth planning for the unexpected. Know what point you are happy to walk from and how you will get in touch with your loved ones if they, or you, are not in the place you expect at the end.

Make sure you have someone to travel home with. You’ve already been heroic and now your blood sugar will be low and you will be exhausted. Now is the time to take it easy and let someone else take the strain of making sure you get home safely.

Remember the difference the money you raise will make. For Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust it means more support to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them learn about different careers, and helping them get the qualifications, knowledge, skills and confidence they need to follow their dreams.

A massive thank you to Julie Creffield for giving up a precious evening to talk to our runners and for sharing her amazing expertise! If you like what you’ve read, please show your appreciation by supporting our runners and donating to the Trust at or by texting 70070 to SLCT25.


Stephen Lawrence Bursary Award NOW OPEN

The Stephen Lawrence Bursary Award 2018/2019 now open. 

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust offers financial support in the form of bursaries to UK residents who are about to begin studying their Part I or Part II Architecture qualification at University.

Our bursaries are also open to second and third year University students already studying their Part I or Part II qualifications.

Unfortunately, the Trust does not provide bursaries to non-UK residents or international students.

Purpose of the bursary

The Stephen Lawrence Architecture Bursary is there to help students with the costs involved, in what is often a long educational journey, to becoming a registered architect.

A bursary is not like a student loan. If you are awarded a bursary you are not expected to pay it back: you are however asked to act as an advocate on behalf of the Trust from time to time at events and functions as part of our network of Alumni.

The bursary award can be used for architecture materials and trips as well as helping toward the cost of living. It cannot however be used to pay standard University tuition fees.



School Programmes Update

On the schools programmes this week the Year 9 students from Sedgehill School were treated to a workshop delivered by Aaron Owusu. The workshop was based on goal setting and the students thought about their own short and long time goals. Aaron used his own experiences as an IT consultant, who started off as an Engineer Graduate to talk with the students about resilience, focus and problem solving Some of the students said the workshop had taught them that,

“Life is not a straight line and what it takes to get a dream job.”

“You experience some bumps in the road before you can achieve your goals.”

“How to stay motivated to get to where you want to be in life.”


The Year 9 students from Deptford Green School had the fantastic opportunity to visit the BBC Radio1, 1xtra and Asian Network studios. During the tour of the offices they learnt about the different careers within radio and how to get a job within the BBC. 70% of the students said the visit had made them feel more informed about careers in the media sector.


School Programmes Update

We have had some brilliant programme activities in the schools this week! On Tuesday, speakers from Stephenson HardwoodHachette and the Ministry of Justice took part in a panel discussion to inform and inspire the Year 13 students from Harris Academy Greenwich.

The students said they learnt that:

‘It is ok to take your time with your career path. Also short term failure is ok.’

‘Don’t let your current state determine your future.’

‘It may be hard to get where you want to go, but if you persist you will get there.’

The Year 8 and 9 students from Harris Academy Greenwich had one-to-ones with a member of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. The students discussed their future goals and the different routes they could take to reach them. All of the students said that the one-to-one sessions made them feel more informed about their career options.

The Year 11 students from Deptford Green School and speakers with constructionengineering and musical backgrounds practiced their networking skills during a speed networking event. 72% of the students said that they learnt more about different career opportunities.

Finally, facilitators from Barclays promoted and developed self confidence and creativity. This was presented through a life skills workshop for the Year 8 and 9 students at Harris Academy Greenwich . 73% of the students said that the workshop made them feel more confident about their employability skills.


SLIK Magazine is back!

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are running a free 12 week journalism course from 16 April to 27 July 2018, for young people aged 16-24 who do not have a level 3 qualification (A levels or BTEC).

On completion you will receive a level 1 qualification and support finding employment in the creative sector.

Activities include:
An inspirational lecture series
Employability workshops
Professional visits
Work experience

Please contact for more details.

SLIK Magazine is the flagship digital publication of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.
This programme is in partnership with London South East Colleges.



Building Communities in Brent

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

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

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

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

We are also offering:

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

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


AHMM becomes the first Practice to sign up to The Building Futures Sponsorship Campaign.

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) has donated £5,000 towards our 2018 campaign.

Sponsorship enables us to establish a new London wide mentoring programme specific to the built environment, develop our Social Value Enhancement programmes across the capital and grow our access to industry events, which will be delivered from ‘Your Space’, the new state of the art event space here at the Stephen Lawrence Centre.

We will also continue awarding bursaries to those young people most in need, and Lobby at government level to ensure effective change and inclusion across our society. AHMM has also committed to mentoring a group of aspiring young architects on the Building Futures Programme, with their London studio meeting their mentees next month.

Peter Morris, director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, said: “We’re delighted to be involved with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Building Futures programme, both through offering financial support but also through direct engagement, tapping in to the enthusiasm, skills and experience of people across the practice. It’s vitally important for the future of our profession to make it possible for more young people from a range of backgrounds to pursue a career in architecture, and we’re very glad to have the opportunity to help do that in Stephen’s memory.”

Sonia Watson, CEO of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust said: “We’re delighted to share the news that leading architecture practice AHMM has become the first partner organisation to sign up to our new sponsorship campaign. The Building Futures Programme provides the architecture industry with a meaningful way of engaging with the next generation of talented young architects from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. AHMM has worked with the Trust in previous years to provide summer placements through the Chobham Manor project, and this year, Jonathan Hall, one of the practice’s Directors, is running the London Marathon to raise funds for the Trust, we are excited at the prospect of other practices following in their footsteps and supporting the valuable work we do”.


SLIK Magazine is back!

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are running a free 12 week journalism course from 16 April to 27 July 2018, for young people aged 16-24 who do not have a level 3 qualification (A levels or BTEC).

On completion you will receive a level 1 qualification and support finding employment in the creative sector.

Activities include:
An inspirational lecture series
Employability workshops
Professional visits
Work experience

Please contact for more details.

SLIK Magazine is the flagship digital publication of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.
This programme is in partnership with London South East Colleges.



School Programmes Update

This Week the students from Deptford Green School were treated to some special guests from Hachette, Universal Music and The Albany Theatre!

The Year 8 students had a creative careers lunch – which involved pizza! Professionals from Universal Music and The Albany Theatre kindly came in to share their career paths and current job roles. The students said,

“I wasn’t confident with my music skills, but now I know you can start off from the bottom and get a job that you can learn.”

“I have a new insight into jobs in the arts.”

Also Hachette UK, a leading publishing group delivered a fantastic workshop on ‘The life of a book’ to the Year 11 students. Through interactive activities, the students learnt about Editing, Designing, Marketing and Sales. All the students said they gained more knowledge about different career options. They also enjoyed working in a team to come up with ideas and presenting them to each other.


School Programmes Update

Another great workshop on Employability with the Year 9’s at Sedgehill School. We covered Communication, Work Ethics and Networking. The students also did a fantastic job of writing a 30 Second commercial to practice selling themselves.

Some of the students who said the workshop made them more confident about the future because,

‘I know more about how to talk to people and it’s brought me a bit more confidence.’

‘I know what an employer looks for, making me feel more confident in getting a job because I can work on the skills’


School Programmes Update

Year 8 and 9

We kicked off the week with a fantastic inspirational talk to the Year 8 and 9 students at Harris Academy!

Modjeh and Jason from Make Architects spoke to the students about their careers. They showed the students their own designs and explained how a design turns into a structure. The students also had great fun using some virtual goggles that Jason and Mojdeh use regularly to help bring their plans to life.

From STEM we had Sola Ogun, a visiting scientist from Cricks University who gave a brilliant presentation on her career and what it takes to be a scientist. From the Natural History Museum, Miranda Lowe a Principal Curator in Crustaceans and Cnidaria spoke about her career at the Museum and even bought in some Cnidaria for the students to investigate.

Year 10

The Year 10 students from Sedgehill School and Deptford Green have had their monthly mentoring session this week. The students are currently working on their CV’s as well as applying to work experience placements.

Year 11

The Year 11 students at Deptford Green had a brilliant workshop on personal branding and developing personal confidence and communication skills. The workshop was ran by Dramatic Momentum who helped the students learn how to communicate more effectively, talk about themselves in a positive way, improvise and think on their feet and work effectively in a team.


Harrow Students impress at Karakusevic Carson Architects….

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

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

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