The steering committee of WiA is a highly committed and engaged group of women from a range of backgrounds, age and workplaces. We have members from David Chipperfield, Make, MICA, AHMM, among others, as well as sole practitioners and students. We have representatives of NAWIC, Women in BIM and RIBA on the panel. Members teach at Liverpool University, Canterbury University and are guest critics at Bath and UEL.
The group reformed in 2018 after the making of the documentary She Draws: She Builds, around the making of which the current leaders met. The interest and excitement the film generated gave rise to questions about the then dormant Women in Architecture group, some of whose founders and early leaders were interviewed in the film. With worldwide interest raised about gender equality by the #MeToo movement, it seemed like the right time for Women in Architecture UK to re-engage.
Over the last year, WiA has expanded its reach and helped promote women at events throughout the country and abroad.
Cheryl Pilliner Reeves
Wendy de Silva
Women have been consistently omitted from, obscured or replaced in the dominant narrative of architectural history. Faced with the structural and institutional issues by which women are disproportionately affected and a culture which precludes their advancement, many women are losing faith in the profession, as evidenced by the numbers leaving.
WiA, through its initiatives, activities and events will:
research to inform, promote, debate and bring about change
lobby for a working culture that supports women in the professions
campaign to raise the profile of women in architecture and the built environment
develop national and international professional alliances
exhibit work that reflects, promotes and celebrates the roles of women
mentor women throughout their academic and professional carers
network to share experience, exchange ideas and develop links
promote the significant and diverse contribution of women to the professions
In our first year we will focus on issues identified in our focus group meeting:
Shifting work culture
Tackling bullying and harassment
We intend this to be an evolving manifesto, which responds to the issues of the day.
We want to hear from you if you have suggestions or thoughts about what we should focus on.