How is the pandemic impacting BAME communities, and what does design need to learn?

To mark Stephen Lawrence Day, we held a live online panel discussion on diversity and inclusivity in the built environment and the challenges posed by covid-19 to efforts to drive equality.

The panel features Sonia Watson OBE, chief executive of the Stephen Lawrence Trust, Priya Shah, founder of BAME in Property, Nyamoi Fall Taylor, architectural assistant and Stephen Lawrence bursary beneficiary at Purcell, and is chaired by Chloe McCulloch, editorial director of Building Design.

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The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust tackles inequality in all forms, with a particular focus on supporting young people into architecture careers. So Stephen Lawrence Day has new urgency this year amid the pandemic, as evidence has emerged that black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and those on the lowest incomes are being affected disproportionately by coronavirus.

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For example, the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre found that of 2,249 critically ill coronavirus patients, 35% were non-white, nearly triple the 13% representation of BAME people in the UK population

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