RIBA president gives inspirational talk at Bath

The President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Angela Brady, gave an inspirational talk on her role as an ambassador for greater female leadership in architecture at the University’s annual Athena SWAN lecture this week.

Angela is RIBA’s second female President.  She has campaigned throughout her career and her presidency of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to remove barriers to attracting and retaining women in architecture and to changing our approach to the built environment.

An inspiring role model to aspiring architects, Angela spoke passionately to a packed audience of staff and students about the importance of sustainability in a changing world.  She also spoke about the need for women and men to work together to deliver an improved built environment for the future.

Angela Brady, President of RIBA, is shown Bath architecture student's work.

Angela Brady, President of RIBA, is shown Bath architecture student's work.

She talked about her work in RIBA’s Architects for Change equality forum.  One of her  primary concerns has been the relatively small number of women architects and to make a difference she founded the Women In Architecture movement which she chaired from 2000 to 2005.

Angela has actively encouraged the mentoring of new women architects to nurture and encourage them to remain in the profession. She talked about the importance for architects to network and form collaborations with others because these might grow to become future projects and working partnerships. She has recently she set up a European network of women architects.

Concerned about the lack of diversity in people training to be architects she curated the world tour of DiverseCity, which has been to 34 cities around the world promoting diversity of people in the profession.   The exhibition and accompanying talks took place in countries such as the USA, China, Japan and Europe.

During her talk at Bath Angela voiced her concerns that young children in schools were not being given a say in the design of their environment. To this end she has delivered architectural design workshops in schools for 12 years, inspiring children as young as 6 years old about a career in architecture and sustainability.

Following her talk Angela was given a tour of our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering where she met many of our students and saw their work.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Professor Jane Millar, who attended the talk, said: “This was a highly inspirational and stimulating talk for women looking to enter the field of architecture and for those involved in the STEM subjects more broadly.”

Professor Tim Ibell, Head of our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to meet personally with Angela, to learn about RIBA and to show the work they are doing here at Bath. We are grateful to Angela for sharing her experiences with us and giving us the opportunity to show her our leading Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering.”

This talk was arranged as part of the university's equality and diversity activity.

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