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RIBA and Stephen Lawrence Trust extend partnership

INSPIRATION: Stephen Lawrence

THE ROYAL Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) and Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust (SLCT) have announced plans to extend their working relationship.

The announcement has been timed to coincide with the first annual Stephen Lawrence Day taking place on Monday 22 April.

RIBA first joined forces with the Trust over 20 years ago with initiatives including the Stephen Lawrence Prize for architecture and the annual Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture. Last year, the RIBA hosted several events to mark the Trust’s anniversary year, raising over £100,000.

This year, the RIBA and the SLCT will be working together on education projects in schools across the country, building on the work of RIBA’s 400+ Architecture Ambassadors and National Schools Programme which has reached over 21,500 children across the UK.

The RIBA will also be funding a full-time member of staff at the SLCT to lead on partnership projects, and the RIBA’s regional teams will help the Trust to expand their reach outside of London.

PICTURED: Shawn Adams, an architecture student on the Trust’s Building Futures programme, holds up a sign showing the personal impact of Stephen Lawrence on him, as part of the #BecauseOfStephen campaign for Stephen Lawrence Day

RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire, said: “I am happy and proud the RIBA is working ever more closely with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to give young people the opportunities that Stephen was denied.

“The RIBA is committed to broadening access to architecture and supporting the Trust’s aim to create a fairer society in which everyone, regardless of their background, can flourish.

"Together we can inspire the next generation of talented young people who wish to pursue a career in architecture, and I look forward to embarking on the next stage of our journey.”

SLCT Chief Executive, Sonia Watson, said: “The Trust are determined to ensure the places and spaces we inhabit are designed and constructed by us all.

"We are delighted to continue our journey with the RIBA to broaden the views of even more young people of what’s possible and help them gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.”

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