Winning entry designed to commemorate Stephen Lawrence

A team of aspiring young architects has been chosen to design the mile 18 marker for the 2019 London Marathon. 

The winning concept, Because of Stephen we can (pictured above), has been designed by three part I graduates: Ayanna Blair-Ford from 59 Productions, Shreeya Radia from ColladoCollins, and Quincy Haynes from RCKa Architects.

Their design was chosen by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and the London Marathon.

Launched on Stephen Lawrence’s birthday, September 13, the competition to design the mile 18 marker reflects Lawerence’s own aspiration to pursue a career in architecture as well as his love of running.

Nearly 40 teams and individuals registered to take part in the mile marker competition, with 10 teams shortlisted and invited to further develop their designs.

They were then asked to present their ideas to a panel including Baroness Lawrence, representatives from London Marathon Events Ltd, Arena Group, who will build the marker, and the trust’s architecture advisory board.

Quincy Haynes, from the winning team, said: “We wanted our design to acknowledge the tragedy of Stephen’s death, but also to celebrate his legacy and the work of the trust. We are incredibly excited to see it built and hope that it will motivate runners as they reach one of the toughest miles of the marathon.”

The shortlisted designs (pictured below) are currently on display in a public exhibition at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford until  February 15.

The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday April 28, shortly after the inaugural national Stephen Lawrence Day on Monday April 22.