Arney Fender Katsalidis Architect Meets the Royals at Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

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13 April 2015

Arney Fender Katsalidis Architect Meets the Royals at Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

By ARNEY FENDER KATSALIDIS

Last week, Arney Fender Katsalidis architect Andrew Osula had the tremendous honour of meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Andrew was an honorary bursary student of the Trust, which is committed to supporting young people from diverse, disadvantaged backgrounds to help them to break the social and economic barriers that may stand between them and a career in architecture and urban design. The centre chose Andrew along with eight other graduates to represent the organisation during the Royals’ visit. Andrew was fortunate enough to get some one-on-one time with Kate, discussing his work and his passion for innovation, spatial creativity, and communication through design.


About the experience, Andrew said:


Meeting the royals helped me share what it is about architecture that really excites me. That is, understanding how others interpret one design proposal from another. Their understandings are key to developing a scheme and making it more successful. By translating their critique good / bad, it helps transform a proposal into a more viable solution, thus ensuring a stronger development. As architects, we strive to sell our ideas to people of varying backgrounds.
 

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable trust is located in Deptford. It is named after Stephen Lawrence, a young boy who was fatally stabbed by a group of youths near a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London in April 1993. Information on the centre can be found at their website: http://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk