Peabody in the news

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust's Annual Memorial Lecture took place on Tuesday, at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The Trust aims to provide access and opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds, especially minority ethnic and white working-class young people. Each year it holds its Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture, which has previously featured notable speakers including Daniel Libeskind and Zaha Hadid. 

(L-R): Claire Bennie, David Ajaye, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Stephen Hodder, Sir Keith Ajegbo, Anthony Boulanger

David Adjaye OBE, a leading architect of his generation, delivered the keynote speech at the Peabody-sponsored event. His work includes the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo and Moscow School of Management. He is also one of a team of architects who has been selected to design the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mail in Washington DC. 

"Peabody and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are working together to break down barriers for young people who would like to form a career within the architectural field," says Claire Bennie, Peabody Development Director and one of the speakers.

"Our aim is to influence architectural practices, including those on our panel, to think carefully about how to employ and support a more diverse cohort of students, enabling those with perhaps fewer "strings to pull" to get a foot on the employment ladder."