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Inclusion Emergency: Diversity in architecture

Author/EditorDurham, Hannah (Author)
Choi, Grace (Author)
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
ISBN: 9781915722126
Pub Date01/06/2024
BindingPaperback
Pages256
Dimensions (mm)210(h) * 170(w)
This is a call to action. Capturing insight and experiences from role models in architecture, this book provides a voice for the under-recognised to encourage understanding, reflection and meaningful change.
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Architecture is at a tipping point.

Voices of the under-recognised are increasing in volume and are agitating for change. If we don’t collectively listen, re-adjust and change our outlook, we risk limiting the relevance of our profession in today’s society and, ultimately, the places we create.

Capturing insight from leading voices in the profession, this book encourages understanding and reflection. It addresses critical questions, providing steps towards meaningful change.

It will help those who are under-recognised to find the role models, community and tools to feel confident, supported and valued. It will also help those intimidated by change to understand why it’s so important and provoke constructive action.

The topics and experiences provide a rich foundation for building an inclusive future that truly represents the diverse population we serve.

This is a call for change. Now.

* Features contributions from Amy Francis-Smith, Ben Stephens, Charlie Edmonds, Clare Nash, Danni Jennifer Lewin Kerr, Darren Bray, Hannah Day, Dr Igea Troiani, Indujah Srikaran, Lanré Gboladé, Martha Summers, Mary Holmes, Nadir Mahmood, Maryam Al-Irhayim, Nick Walker, Rob Hyde, Ryder Architecture, Dr Saiyyidah Zaidi, Sarah Ackland, Savannah Williams, Dr Stephen Parnell, Sumita Singha, Tim Bailey and Tobi Sobowale.

Architecture is at a tipping point.

Voices of the under-recognised are increasing in volume and are agitating for change. If we don’t collectively listen, re-adjust and change our outlook, we risk limiting the relevance of our profession in today’s society and, ultimately, the places we create.

Capturing insight from leading voices in the profession, this book encourages understanding and reflection. It addresses critical questions, providing steps towards meaningful change.

It will help those who are under-recognised to find the role models, community and tools to feel confident, supported and valued. It will also help those intimidated by change to understand why it’s so important and provoke constructive action.

The topics and experiences provide a rich foundation for building an inclusive future that truly represents the diverse population we serve.

This is a call for change. Now.

* Features contributions from Amy Francis-Smith, Ben Stephens, Charlie Edmonds, Clare Nash, Danni Jennifer Lewin Kerr, Darren Bray, Hannah Day, Dr Igea Troiani, Indujah Srikaran, Lanré Gboladé, Martha Summers, Mary Holmes, Nadir Mahmood, Maryam Al-Irhayim, Nick Walker, Rob Hyde, Ryder Architecture, Dr Saiyyidah Zaidi, Sarah Ackland, Savannah Williams, Dr Stephen Parnell, Sumita Singha, Tim Bailey and Tobi Sobowale.

Hannah Durham is a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University in the School of Architecture, and an architect. She leads a design studio called Building Stories with a focus on storytelling and architecture and runs the module 'Cities, Culture & Society'. She is an External Examiner and a RIBA Validation Panel member. She was named a RIBA Journal Rising Star in 2021 and for several years her students have been nominated for national awards. She studied at Oxford Brookes University, RMIT Australia and, with a scholarship, attended the Architectural Association (Part 2), completing Part 3 studies at the University of Westminster. Before working full-time in academia, she worked in practice for eight years. Hannah was educated at state schools and has no built environment professionals in her family. She has found navigating a career in the architectural profession has not been easy. As a reaction to her experiences and those of people she has met, she gives priority to improving equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in our profession and aims to support students so they feel empowered. Her research focuses on alternative (hi)stories in architecture. She has co-conducted oral history recordings with women architects, whose stories were unheard, in order to embed them in our collective history. Grace Choi is an award-winning Architect of South Korean descent who brings a balanced perspective and two decades of diverse professional experience to the table. After flunking her A-levels, Grace was determined to study architecture against all the odds. She graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture being awarded the prestigious RIAS silver medal and portfolio prize for Scotland. She later worked for several renowned UK practices for 10 years, with much of her work being highly acclaimed before leaving traditional practice. Challenged by social, ethical and economical imbalance around her whilst raising a young family, Grace founded a practice in the North East. Her value led, design oriented small practice now focusses on the transformation of local communities and homes. Alongside practice Grace acts as RIBA NE co-chair, leads the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion group and sits on the RIBAJ editorial panel. Grace has been influential in her efforts to bring issues of Inclusion and discrimination to the attention of the architectural community, primarily via the J.E.D.I. talks and Inclusion advocacy in the wider construction industry. She is a regular visiting reviewer, teacher and lecturer at various UK schools of architecture.

Acknowledgments Introduction: An inclusion emergency by Hannah Durham and Grace Choi Nothing About Us, Without Us: Disabled people designing by Amy Francis-Smith A Deaf architect in a hearing world by Ben Stephens Beyond EDI: Addressing the fundamental mechanisms of exploitation in architecture by Charlie Edmonds Juggling parenthood by Clare Nash OUT OUT OUT: The dilemma by Danni Jennifer Lewin Kerr Superpowers or kryptonite: Dyslexia as part of our profession by Darren Bray and Rob Hyde Stay for longer: Retaining women in architecture by Grace Choi Neurodivergence in practice: A job for me? by Hannah Day Extrovert-ambivert-introvert: Ensuring everyone can thrive by Hannah Durham Not a one-size-fits-all architectural education by Dr Igea Troiani Climbing the ladder: Social mobility in architecture by Indujah Srikaran A letter to our future clients: We have not just landed... by Lanre Gbolade Queering the precedent by Martha Summers, Mary Holmes and Nadir Mahmood Becoming an architect: The challenges of navigating a way in the profession by Maryam Al-Irhayim Am I a gay architect? by Nick Walker The learning journey: Reflection from within a large practice by Ryder Architecture Hair, hijab and a hardhat by Dr Saiyyidah Zaidi (Emotional) complexity and contradiction by Sarah Ackland Reconstructing representation in architecture by Savannah Williams Order from disorder by Dr Stephen Parnell With a... like yours: Inclusion, intersectionality and internationalism in architecture by Sumita Singha Allyship: Creating room for others by Tim Bailey Heritage: A poem exploring identity, culture, place and change by Tobi Sobowale Afterword: Difference as a super power which benefits everyone About the editors About the contributors Index Image credits

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