AHMM founders and past and future presidents also sign open letter
A host of heavyweight architects have thrown their backing behind a campaign to get architects from more diverse backgrounds elected to the RIBA Council in time for the 25th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
David Adjaye, Richard Rogers, Deborah Saunt and Alison Brooks are among the signatories of an open letter addressed to all RIBA members.
They back a campaign begun by Elsie Owusu and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust (SLCT) to see 25% of the council’s 60 seats filled with minority ethnic, LGBTQ and female candidates by 2018.
The letter (below), which was also signed by RIBA past presidents Angela Brady and Owen Luder and president-elect Ben Derbyshire, says: “We are delighted that this initiative is boosting equality, inclusion and diversity in UK architecture as well as encouraging talented young people of all backgrounds to join our profession.”
They added: “We thank Baroness Lawrence and SLCT for promoting this historic initiative and wish all the RIBA+25 candidates well in the elections.
“We look forward to the positive changes which, if elected as members of Council, these inspirational architects and students will help to make – to the benefit of the RIBA and UK architecture as a whole.”
Open letter to RIBA members
RIBA+25 & Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust 2018 Initiative
In 2018, we will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, a brilliant young man who wanted to become an architect.
After Stephen’s death in 1993, his mother Doreen, now Baroness Lawrence, founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust (SLCT). The purpose of the Trust is to combat all forms of discrimination in the construction industries and encourage talented young people of all backgrounds to choose architecture and construction as a career.
25 years later, much has improved in architecture, with the international recognition of wonderful talents such as Dame Zaha Hadid and many others from diverse cultures. However, statistics also show that Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME), women and men are still under-represented in architecture and construction.
With support from SLCT, 14 excellent candidates from diverse communities are standing in the current elections, with the aim of attaining 25% BAME, women and LGBTQ representation on the RIBA Council by 2018. We are delighted that this initiative is boosting equality, inclusion and diversity in UK architecture as well as encouraging talented young people of all backgrounds to join our profession.
We thank Baroness Lawrence and SLCT for promoting this historic initiative and wish all the RIBA+25 candidates well in the elections. We look forward to the positive changes which, if elected as members of Council, these inspirational architects and students will help to make - to the benefit of the RIBA and UK architecture as a whole.
Lord Rogers of Riverside CH, principal, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
Sir David Adjaye OBE, principal, Adjaye Associates
Simon Allford, principal, AHMM
Angela Brady OBE PPRIBA, principal, Brady Mallalieu Architects
Alison Brooks, principal, Alison Brooks Architects
Elspeth Clements, principal, Clements & Porter Architects
Ged Couser, principal, BDP
Ben Derbyshire, RIBA president-elect, principal, HTA Architects
Jonathan Hall, principal, AHMM
Ivan Harbour, princpal, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
Will Hunter, founding director, London School of Architecture
Owen Luder, CBE PPRIBA
Paul Monaghan, principal AHMM
Peter Morris, principal, AHMM
Peter Murray, chairman, New London Architecture
Elsie Owusu OBE, principal, Elsie Owusu Architects
Prof David Porter, chairman, AA School of Architecture
Yasmin Shariff, principal, Sharp Architects
Deborah Saunt, principal, DSDHA
Al Scott, principal, If_Do Architects
Graham Stirk, principal, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
RIBA+25 candidates for Council
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