Hawkins\Brown wins the LFA Pride float contest\

We are absolutely thrilled to have won the London Festival of Architecture's competition for a float representing LGBT+ architects at this year's Pride event.

We were selected amongst eight other strong finalists at last night's event at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. We'd like to thank the judges, the sponsor Sir Robert McAlpine and campaign group Architecture LGBT+ for making it happen.

‘A Space for All’ features a simple pitched roof structure created from brightly painted scaffold poles with graphical displays and transparent screens, which will be animated by architects during the parade. Our idea was to combine the dual identities of LGBT+ and being an architect, as well as making LGBT+ identity more pronounced in construction generally.

The poles are decorated with designs from the LGBT+ community which we intend to return, still decorated, to working sites after use, with other elements of the float auctioned off to raise money and awareness of LGBT+ causes within the profession.

Participating team members include the Hawkins\Brown’s technical lead and associate John Jeffery, creative lead and architect Jonathan Chan, project manager and architect Sarah Habershon, and architects Matthew Goodfellow and Matthew Ruddy, along with structural engineer Andrew Blackie from Price & Myers.

Architectural assistants Ayanna Blair-Ford, Claudia Walton, Fran Lynch, Iulia Cistelecan, Quincy Haynes, Rachel Housley and Thomas Stanley also contributed to the winning design.

We are particularly looking forward to the process of building the float and, of course, being part of Pride on the day. Be sure to join in the celebrations and see our float with us on the 7 July.

“Hawkins\Brown’s design not only successfully celebrates LGBT+ Architects as part of this year’s Pride in London, but innovatively promotes acceptance and diversity by embedding the celebratory message that London’s built environment should be a space for all.”

Tom Guy Partner, at Guy Piper Architects and Founder, Architecture LGBT+

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