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Open Up! New Routes to Architecture — the LSA’s new initiative to continue widening access to the profession

The London School of Architecture is launching Open Up! New Routes to Architecture — a major student bursary fundraising campaign to fuel our programme to create a more inclusive profession.

Our collaborative mission

We want to tackle the structural barriers to participation in architectural education head-on. While we continue to explore new models that will make education more affordable, we recognise there is an immediate need to provide financial support to those completing their studies and entering the industry.

What is Open Up!?

Open Up! is the LSA’s new bursary fundraising campaign for prospective LSA students from underrepresented racial or ethnic communities. Beyond this, Open Up! is a call to action and a demand for radical change.

What has it achieved so far?

A £30,000 donation from the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation has enabled us to provide;

  • Two full bursaries for two of our current First Year students to aid the students progression with the LSA.
  • A 1-year Fellowship has also been financed as part of that donation from the SLDF enabling the school to develop our outreach, access and participation work, and initiating conversations around curriculum reform. It will give additional visibility to practitioners and educators from underrepresented racial or ethnic communities within the School and to its wider network.

A £250,000 pledge from Marco Goldschmied to the School to continue this work for the next five years.

What is next? Help us reach £70,000

This is just the start. Our new bursary fund and campaign for structural change is in its infancy – with your financial donations of any size we can create opportunities like this for many more students.

Get in touch

If you’d like to get in touch to learn more, donate or simply talk about how we can continue to diversify architecture and architectural education, please email our Head of School, Neal Shasore at neal@the-LSA.org.