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Reports of Elsie Owusu’s death-threat prove greatly exaggerated


This story will run and run and damages the RIBA. Stephen Lawrence‘s murder was tragic beyond words and it laid bare a side to our society that many would rather not acknowledge. I have supported the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust over the years and have had the honour of meeting his paraents. The Trust’s work is commendable and the involvement of former RIBA president Marco Goldschmeid in fundraising should be more widely recognised. What surprises me is that Elise Owusu has tried to use the association of Stephen Lawrence’s ambition to one day be an architect to launch an unwarranted attack on the RIBA ( and, dare I say, launch her preseidential campaign). To alledge that the RIBA is fundamentally institutionally racist and sexist is quite extraordinary. In my opinion it is quite wrong, there is no evidence of this and in the long run, it damages the RIBA. My two daughters are both architects (one is mixed race) and both have had the most extraordinary support from the RIBA during all stages of their careers. I do not understand why Owusu believes her campaign is relevant, helpful or has any likelihood of success.

Posted date

2 August, 2018

Posted time

10:17 pm