RMJM and the Stephen Lawrence Trust in association with the AJ have again launched Architecture for Everyone to widen accessibility into the profession
The pioneering annual programme is aimed at encouraging young people from socially deprived or black and minority-ethnic backgrounds to pursue a career in architecture.
Last year, RMJM sent six aspiring architects to study at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and this year two winners will spend a fortnight working with John Pauline, a leading sports venue designer, at RMJM Sport in Hong Kong.
This year, Architecture for Everyone will run a series of free workshops for young people from deprived areas in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Birmingham and Glasgow.
Participants will work with design professionals to explore the role that sport can play in regenerating their local area, and the two most promising young people will be offered a work placement with RMJM.
Doreen Lawrence, who founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in memory of her son Stephen, said: ‘We have had tremendous support for the campaign so far. It is going from strength to strength, and this year we are visiting more cities and will engage with even more young people about how they can influence their urban environment.’
Selvin Brown, Deputy head of Race Equality Diversity at the Department for Communities and Local Government, speaking at the launch last week in the Channel 4 building said: ‘Architecture and the built environment should not just be for people who are connected and from the right background, it should be for everyone.’
Preivous participant Oni Hinton, who returned from studying at Harvard last August, said she found out about the scheme from a postcard she picked off the floor at Stratford Circus where she had attended a break dancing event.