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Competition: LFA’s Architectural Pride float

Google float at Pride
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The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) has announced a design contest for a float representing LGBT+ architects at this year’s Pride in London

The competition is open to students, recent graduates, emerging architects and representatives from established firms. It seeks innovative proposals for an iconic float which will feature in the annual festival and parade held every summer in the capital. Judges include AJ architecture editor Rob Wilson. 

The project, supported by campaign group Architecture LGBT+, aims to represent LGBT+ architects and their contribution to architecture throughout history and today. The winning team will receive £8,000 to design and deliver the structure in time for the event on 7 July.

LFA director Tamsie Thomson said: ‘Pride in London is a highlight of the capital’s calendar, and a fabulous day promoting equality and celebrating diversity in London. LGBT+ architects make a huge contribution to their profession and architecture in London and around the world, and I’m delighted that this competition will showcase them as we celebrate “identity” in 2018.’

Architecture LGBT+ founder Tom Guy said: ‘At Architecture LGBT+ we’re delighted to be part of Pride in London alongside the London Festival of Architecture. We can’t wait to see the designs for our first ever parade float, and are looking forward to sharing our pride with LGBT+ architects on 7 July as we celebrate them and their contribution to London.’

Founded in 1972, the annual Pride parade and festival is the largest gay event in the UK and seventh largest in the world, attracting around one million to the capital. The event features a large performance area in Trafalgar Square alone, with a procession of floats and walking groups.

The call for submissions is the fourth to be launched by the LFA this year. It has previously announced contests for a wayfinding installation at London Bridge Station last week, for a series of £800 public benches in the City of London in March and for a temporary pavilion outside the Dulwich Picture Gallery in February.

Judges include Wilson; Thomson; Guy; Tate Hindle architect Vinesh Pomal; BBC Newsnight broadcaster Evan Davis; Nicholas Hare Architects partner Jayne Bird; and the RIBA’s equality, diversity and inclusion manager Anne Consentino.

The winning team will be expected to design and deliver their scheme in time for the festival on Saturday 7 July.

The deadline for submissions is midday, 6 June.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

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