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Some organizations and councils are becoming more and more aware of the need for increased opportunity for the ethnic minorities within the architecture industry. Southwark council are working in partnership with LHC  and together they are looking to extend their Architect Design Services framework (ADS), in which they are looking to reach out to diverse underrepresented and predominantly BAME led practices to raise awareness and offer any support surrounding the upcoming framework.

The opportunity to apply for this framework is available to any registered architecture practice. However, we are particularly seeking applications from practices who can demonstrate:

- A Diverse leadership

- An employee model which represents the diversity of London

- Lived experience of disadvantaged communities

- A background of having overcome adversity or disadvantage either as a result of protected characteristics or another reason

- Success in bringing disadvantaged and BAME architects/interns through their business (i.e. sponsorship and paid work).

- A well established and demonstrable EDI approach in how they run their business and how they design their schemes

- The ability to relate to underrepresented and hard-to-reach communities

- The ability to reach out to young people in disadvantaged communities, such that young people look up to them as inspirational role models they can relate to

The aim is to appoint the very best emerging and established practices, who offer valuable equalities, diversity and inclusion credentials. They will appoint between 11 to 20 more diverse practices, with the aim of one enhanced framework that offers a representative, rounded and comprehensive panel of architects who come with a range of ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds and experience that reflects Southwark and the wider London demographic.

You can join the series of webinar sessions on 13th and 15th October to find out more about this opportunity and how you can apply. These sessions will also provide valuable advice on bidding techniques and guide you through the process needed to go through appointing a Public Sector Framework and what they look for in a successful bid. Please register to those you feel are useful to you.  Details below…

| Tuesday 13th October

| Thursday 15th October

Some of these webinars may be interesting to join even if you do not own your own practice but are interested in doing so in the future. You may want an insight into these strategies and obtain guidance and knowledge.

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