Six youngsters, with limited or no formal qualifications have won an all-expenses trip to study an architecture foundation course at Harvard University
The six are the winners of ‘The Architecture for Everyone’ campaign, which was launched in 2008 by RMJM and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust with the AJ, in memory of the teenager, who wanted to be an architect, but was murdered when he was just 18.
Over the last three months, RMJM in partnership with the trust has held design workshops in cities throughout the UK particularly targeting youngsters from urban inner city areas to tackle the lack of diversity in the profession.
Peter Morrison, CEO of RMJM, said: ‘We have been overwhelmed by the response to the ‘Architecture for Everyone’ campaign. The six young people we are sending to Harvard this year are an inspiration to others who have a talent for design and we hope to help many more like them take the first step into a career in architecture.’
In May, a shortlist of 12 candidates from the workshops were interviewed by a panel including Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, and designer Wayne Hemingway.