LSA forges new collaboration with Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation funded by Elsie Owusu and RIBA

– Architect and RIBA Council Member, Elsie Owusu OBE said:

“I am delighted to have chosen the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation as the recipient of this donation. The architectural aspirations of a talented young man, whose life cruelly ended, should act as a positive force in tackling the systemic racial and gender discrimination in the architecture and the construction industries. I look forward to working with RIBA and SLDF to support these talented young people from LSA, as they become successful architects, inspired by Stephen’s example.”

– Baroness Doreen Lawrence said:

"I’m delighted to receive this donation to the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation. I am keen that we support young Black architects to realise Stephen’s dream. This donation will definitely have an impact in creating the legacy of change the new Foundation has been set up to deliver.”

– London School of Architecture Head of School and CEO, Dr Neal Shasore, said:

“It is a privilege and an honour to work with Baroness Lawrence and the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation on their work in this area. With this generous preliminary funding from the RIBA, the LSA is designing an ambitious programme that creates opportunity, enables dialogue and serves as a call to action. With Elsie Owusu’s support, we want to use this donation as a springboard for an ambitious programme to tackle enduring systemic barriers to diversity in architecture. We welcome the support of the architectural profession at large in achieving this.”

– RIBA President, and London School of Architecture Trustee, Simon Allford said:

“I am very pleased that the RIBA is supporting this targeted new programme of work to broaden access to the profession. It’s through projects like this, working in collaboration with individuals and organisations with experience and expertise, that we can, as a profession, break down the discriminatory barriers that continue to prevent talented people from studying and practising architecture.”

This year, in particular, it is a chance to show how small changes and simple things that we can all do can make a huge difference.

Stephen Lawrence Day is about the part we all play in creating a society in which everyone can flourish.

Stephen Lawrence Day is about the part we all play in creating a society in which everyone can flourish.
We want under represented young people to be able to access, progress and succeed in whatever career they choose.