SPACE Support Building Futures Scholarship at Newcastle University

SPACE Architects are proud to announce our commitment to funding the Stephen Lawrence Scholarship.

Architecture has the capacity to bring about positive change in society and our communities, but unfortunately, even today, not everyone has the same opportunities to pursue this profession. That's where the Building Futures programme comes in.

The Building Futures programme is a collaboration between The Stephen Lawrence Trust (now Blueprint for All) and Newcastle University, and it's designed to provide support where it's needed most. 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence in a racist attack at the age of 18.

The pogramme provides financial support for black and ethnically diverse students from underrepresented backgrounds who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Architecture degree (Part One).

Ranked 6th in the UK for Architecture in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, Newcastle University's School of Architecture Planning and Landscape prides itself in developing professionals who can contribute to making places and buildings that enrich our society. 

The Building Futures programme offers fee-waivered placement bursaries per year on a 3-year Part 1 BA Hons Architecture course and living costs. The pool of students is drawn from cities and regions across the UK, with selection based on academic merit, potential, achievement, and a short interview. 

This summer, the first six students who received the scholarship will graduate. One of the programme's beneficiaries is Sumaiya Aziz, a BA Hons Architecture student in Stage 3; who speaking on the Building Future Programme shared, 

"This scholarship has given me many opportunities in this last year - including a summer internship at an architecture firm in Newcastle. Without the bursary, I never would have made this connection and would have struggled to take an unpaid placement, so it's been a big help."

Our sponsorship will further the incredible work of the programme and aims to support diverse young architects for years to come.