Live online panel will discuss the extra challenges covid-19 brings to the drive for diversity in architecture

Tomorrow is Stephen Lawrence Day. To mark the occasion, join 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 in the industry.

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.

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

The panel will feature 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. The Stephen Lawrence Day debate will be chaired by Chloe McCulloch, editorial director of Building Design.

To register for the event click here or email by 12pm today, April 21

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