We won the first RIBA Stephen Lawrence Award in 1998 for the Terrasson Cultural Greenhouse. We accepted the award but donated the £5,000 prize money to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Our practice has employed many BAME and LGBT staff since its inception in 1981, including gap year and Part I and Part 2 architectural students and qualified architects, personal assistants and consultants, and we currently employ BAME and LGBT staff. We have been active supporters of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust for over 20 years and the CEO, Sonia Watson, is a personal friend of Ian Ritchie. We have always been committed to equality, social values and are fully supportive of removing institutional racism. Following the events of the past few weeks, our office will continue to ensure that it makes every effort to fill vacancies from the widest possible pool of talent.
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[The Stephen Lawrence prize was established by Baroness Lawrence many years ago, sponsored by Marco Goldschmeid, it is not a Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust initiative. It does not have a diversity brief. The racial makeup of practices is a matter for them and the Trust have recently launched a partnership with Urban (Architecture recruitment firm) to increase the accessibility to available job roles for individuals of black and minority heritage.]