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angela brady

angela brady

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  • Comment on: The Israel problem: how a political row tarnished the RIBA in 2014

    angela brady's comment 12-Dec-2014 10:20 am

    #EthicsInArchitecture - regarding architects and architecture It goes without saying that all of us who supported the RIBA March democratic resolution to suspend the Israeli Architects Association from the UIA over continued illegal settlement building, - a humanitarian and professional ethics issue and non political motion, are hugely disappointed by the recent volte face by the current RIBA Council, led by Roger Shrimplin and John Assael to overturn the March resolution. I remain convinced that the majority of RIBA members and our wider profession want an Institute that shows leadership and acts with integrity, one that stands up for ethical behaviour within our profession and one that shows support and solidarity with fellow associated institutes. President Obama, David Cameron and Desmond Tutu and for a moment the RIBA stood shoulder to shoulder "in condemnation of the most recent seizure of 400 hectares of Palestinian land announced soon after the agreement of the cease-fire” and showed those qualities to which we aspire. It is therefore a matter of great regret that this was only a fleeting moment, and the RIBA all too soon sank back to it’s default mode of weak pragmatism. Since the March RIBA resolution there has been a devastating 51 day war in Gaza and the continuation of illegal settlement building in the West Bank, ignoring international calls and a UN resolution to cease. Palestine is now recognised as a state by 136 countries including eight other EU countries, with Ireland joining last night on Human Rights Day (10 Dec) We will continue to stand up for Ethics in professional practice in Architecture and support fellow architects when there is a call for help, particularly like the Institute in Palestine with which RIBA have a Memorandum of Understanding. To quote Eyal Weizman “Architecture and the built environment is a kind of a slow violence. The occupation is an environment that slowly was conceived to strangulate Palestinian communities, villages and towns, to create an environment that would be unliveable for the people there”. We look forward to Weizman being invited to speak at the RIBA Watch the TV video of Eyal Weizman, the Israeli architect on the “Architecture of Occupation” and make your own mind up. http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/rebelarchitecture/2014/08/eyal-weizman-architecture-occupation-20148511163223432.html In response to AJ note “Part of the mess the RIBA has found itself in over the Israel issue is down to its wider governance problems. These were highlighted by President Hodder back in June when he announced the creation of an emergency task group, headed by an 'experienced lawyer', to resolve significant problems with how the institute is run, which is yet to conclude.”........ to clarify..... In fact President Hodder was forced to tackle governance issues, he was not responsible for initiating them. The June motion was put by the then Honorary Secretary, Yasmin Shariff and seconded by me as past President. That June resolution demanded amongst other things that Council members are to be recognised as Trustees, appointed to main committees and issues around the appalling performance indicators from the ‘Great Place to Work’ survey were to be properly addressed.

  • Comment on: Palestinian and Israeli architects divided over UKTI visit

    angela brady's comment 30-Nov-2014 3:25 pm

    I want to clarify that I have the highest regard for UKTI having working with them for many years in many countries. They are a GREAT partner for RIBA, architects and others and can open many doors internationally. It is the timing of this Dec 2014 proposed trip that I was critical of, when it was pointed out to me by AJ, as I was unaware of it. We also need to ask the fundamental question about the continued programme of "illegal settlement building on occupied land" which is the crux of the situation there, from an architectural and ethical point of view which is condemned by most. I never thought in my lifetime I would go to Palestine. As chair of Women in Architecture in 2008 I was asked to lead a mission organised by the British Council to the NENA regions (Near East North Africa) on a programme of professional exchange and learning called "Women@Work" and we were twinned with Palestine. Our team of 6 London based women architects were happy to learn from other cultures and exchange ideas on professionalism and practice in architecture. As part of that exchange most of our Palestinian partners came to London to learn how we work in UK. This intercultural non political exchange followed our "Diversity" exhibition we curated with a world tour - promoting women and ethnic minorities in architecture. W@W was a hugely successful mission and our eyes were opened by visiting Palestine in person and witnessing the situation first hand. There were some great projects happening and many intercultural international projects emerging. However, I had never witnessed apartheid up close before. It was on that trip that our group could see the plight of our colleagues and with that insight we want to continue to help when there is an international call for help and a call for justice for architectural practice and ethical standards. RIBA signed an Memorandum of Agreement in 2010 with their Engineers and Architects association to continue to work together and share good practice and experience. We want to continue those aims and objectives of collaboration. It is working with groups like this that we can get a better understanding of the humanitarian situation and learn how to act accordingly in a professional and ethical way.

  • Comment on: Trade delegation mission to Israel and Palestine: profession reacts

    angela brady's comment 21-Nov-2014 11:53 am

    I also want to clarify that I have the highest regard for UKTI having working with them for many years in many countries. They are a GREAT partner for RIBA and open many doors for architects. It is the timing of their proposed trip that I was critical of when it was pointed out to me by AJ as I was unaware of it. As chair of Women in Architecture I led a very successful mission with the British Council NENA programme for the Women@Work to Palestine 7 years ago and RIBA later signed and MOU in 2010 with their Engineers and Architects association to continue to work together and share good practice and experience. It was on that trip that our group could see at first hand the plight of our colleagues there and with that insight we want to continue to help our professional colleagues when there is a call for help and a call for justice for architectural practice and ethical standards. It is working with groups like this that we can get a better understanding of the humanitarian situation and learn how to act accordingly in a professional way.

  • Comment on: Desmond Tutu urges UIA to suspend Israeli Architects Association

    angela brady's comment 8-Aug-2014 6:15 pm

    Well done Mick and yara for the balanced arguments, some people need to hear and share. Having been there and seen the apartheid first hand, the division roads and walls, the illegal hilltop settlements and the bulldozing of peoples homes, it is imperative that this must stop. We must support this call for help from our fellow institute in Palestine and do what we can to stop this architecture of oppression and urbicide which will not be stopped by political dialogue or any dialogue it would seem at this stage. This message from UIA patron Desmond Tutu is very clear and one we hope UIA are strong enough to take on board.

  • Comment on: Palestinian architects call on Hodder not to back down on Israeli motion

    angela brady's comment 4-Jun-2014 5:53 pm

    Let's make some clarification here. The RIBA "Resolution" of council meeting on 19th March stands. There is so much misreporting about this, for example as referred to above;- "After the meeting, which was also attended by RIBA international vice president Peter Oborn, Lipovetsky-Lir said: ‘He [Hodder] and vice president Oborn said they are not supporting the motion; absolutely.'" The truth to this "Quotation" is that it is incorrect as Peter Oborn has written to Mr Lipovetsky-Lir refuting this information "...We were particularly disappointed that your comments appear to have informed a story that there are plans to overturn the resolution that had been passed by RIBA Council. We did not say this. We told you that the resolution had since been forwarded to the UIA whose response we await" Just to be clear that the RIBA stand united on the RIBA Resolution as also confirmed by Stephen Hodder PRIBA yesterday. Let's think positive and move on.

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