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Shortlist for LFA’s Architectural Pride float revealed

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The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) has named nine finalists in its contest for a float representing LGBT+ architects at this year’s Pride

The shortlisted teams are Ashton Architecture, Back Braun, Feix & Merlin Architects, Hawkins\Brown, Linthwaite Hardwick, Some People, Studio Yu with tomos.design, tp bennett, and Weston Williamson + Partners.

The competition asked for innovative proposals for a float to feature in the annual festival and parade, held every summer in the capital. Judges include AJ architecture editor Rob Wilson.

The project, supported by Sir Robert McAlpine and 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: ‘We have had a fantastic response to our competition for an architecture float at Pride in London. The shortlisted entries are a brilliant showcase for LGBT+ architects in London as we celebrate “identity” in 2018.’

Tom Guy, partner at Guy Piper Architects and founder of Architecture LGBT+, said: ‘Architecture LGBT+ is all about raising the visibility of LGBT+ architects, and there can be few better platforms to celebrate them and their work than at Pride in London.’

Sir Robert McAlpine chief executive Paul Hamer said: ‘We intend to lead by example on equality and diversity in order to inspire positive change across the industry. We are proud to support this competition by the London Festival of Architecture and Architecture LGBT+, and we applaud the shortlist of designs that truly celebrate those inclusive values.’

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

The competition is the fourth to be launched by the LFA this year, following contests for a wayfinding installation at London Bridge Station, a series of public benches in the City of London and a temporary pavilion outside the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The float shortlist will be judged by 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.

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