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Prince Charles aims to kick racism out of architecture

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The Prince of Wales is set to speak out on racism in architecture next month when he delivers the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture. The lecture will take place on 7 September at the prince's newly opened architecture foundation in Shoreditch, east London, and will precede a debate on architecture and its commitment to an integrated community in Britain.

Prince Charles' speech will mark his return to architectural politics. In 1984 he sparked a national row by labelling ABK'S modernist proposals for the National Gallery 'a monstrous carbuncle'.

The contents of this speech and its title remain under wraps, the prince's advisers at St James' Palace said.

But the prince's speech looks certain to increase the scrutiny of discrimination in the profession which has been highlighted recently with allegations of institutional racism in London's planning processes (AJ 3.8.00) and the launch of Architects for Change, a RIBA initiative to stamp out racism and sexism across the industry.

The event is being organised by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which provides bursaries for black architecture students in Sheffield, South Africa and Jamaica. Stephen Lawrence was planning to study as an architect before he was murdered in Eltham, south London, in 1993.

The new headquarters of the Prince's Foundation are featured in this issue, starting on page 24.

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