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Brief for CONSTRUCTION WExp Placement 2018

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!

cross-country cycle

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

Who’s next?

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 

Apprenticeships now open at Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House are currently recruiting for 8 new apprentices to start in September 2018.  These are all backstage apprenticeships based in either Covent Garden, or at their workshops in Purfleet, Essex:


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Apprenticeships include:

Costume Tailoring Apprentice

Hair, Wigs and Make-up Apprentice

Props Carpentry & Metalwork Apprentice

Stage Engineering Apprentice

Scenic Carpentry Apprentice

Scenic Metalwork Apprentice

Technical Theatre Apprentice

Technical Theatre Apprentice (Linbury  Theatre)


For further information please see:



School Programmes Update!

We have had some brilliant careers advice and guidance activities over the past few weeks. These included career seminars, workshops, inspirational talks and visits!

A huge thank you to:

MACE Group


Dramatic Momentum

Hachette Publishing

Mount Anvil

AEI Group

Royal Opera House

Another thank you goes to the individuals that took time out of their day to speak to the students about their career. We had individuals with a variety of backgrounds such as: Song writing, Medicine, Engineering, Architecture and Sociology.


The students fed back saying they had learnt that,

“The most important part of doing a job is enjoying it so it doesn’t feel like working”

“You don’t necessarily need to know what to do in the future and you should do what you love.”

“Confidence and body language matters.”

“There are a lot more opportunities in different career paths than I thought.”


Prime Minister announces Stephen Lawrence Day to encourage and support young people

At the memorial service marking 25 years since Stephen’s death, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that 22nd April – the day he died –will in future be Stephen Lawrence Day.

Baroness Lawrence, who founded the Trust in order to give young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunities that were denied to Stephen, said ‘I feel honoured that she has recognised the changes that have been made in Stephen’s name and the changes that are still needed.’

She continued ‘Stephen was denied his voice, but the Stephen Lawrence day will be an opportunity for young people to use their voices and should be embedded in our education and wider system, regardless of the government of the day.’

Speaking at the service, Mrs May said that the day will be a day to encourage and support young people in achieving their dreams, and to reflect on Stephen’s life, death and the positive change he has inspired.

Chief Executive of the Trust, Sonia Watson, said ‘This is an extremely exciting opportunity to bring young people together and give them a voice.  It is a chance to engage them in shaping our society so that it is fairer to all and to give every young person, regardless of their background, hope and opportunity to follow their dreams.  We look forward to working with the government to shape the first Stephen Lawrence Day in 2019.’


Alumni Opening Night of [Your Space]

Last night at The Stephen Lawrence Centre we hosted our alumni opening of [Your Space], 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.


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.