Today we are launching an exciting new architecture competition in partnership with Croydon-based housing developer Brick By Brick.
Through the competition we want to find practices with diverse talent, promote positive change within the architectural profession, and foster design that responds to the diversity of local neighbourhoods.
Prompted by the corona virus pandemic, which has brought many issues across UK society into sharper focus, from the climate emergency to widespread inequality, the design competition is focused on creating housing for a better world.
During lockdown, our homes have become increasingly central to our daily lives. The competition is seeking bold and thought-provoking ideas for how our homes can address the urgent issues of health, sustainability and inequality for residents and wider communities.
Croydon is one of the most diverse boroughs in London and the winning practice will need to field a diverse team and show how they can respond to local issues and concerns to best meet the needs of the local community. Entrants will also need to demonstrate their commitment to diversity through existing staff or planned action as part of the competition process.
The winning practice will be commissioned to design one of the schemes on Brick By Brick’s next small sites programme, which is due to start in the autumn.
Representing the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust on the judging panel is Trust alumna Pragga Saha. Pragga was part of the Trust’s ground-breaking project, Connecting People and Places, researching, documenting and celebrating the places of importance to people from BAME backgrounds and how their stories have shaped history in England. Pragga says ‘London is an exciting blend of cultures and I’m really excited that the competition will encourage real discussion on how architects can be the change-makers who create inclusivity and diversity through the vibrancy of their designs.’