Comment on: Number of women architects on the up
The news of a slight rise in registrations is of course heartening, but the core issue is retention of these architects. Attrition rates are still deplorable, glass ceilings still exist, and practices need to put in place people and work/life friendly cultures to retain the best employees. Guidance on it's way from RIBA.
Comment on: Architects welcome Gove's departure
I hope that the RIBA will encourage Nicky Morgan in her new role to take a fresh look as soon as possible - to make her mark before the election. The unfortunate school buildings legacy of her predecessor requires a sharp turn around. It would be sad if this new minister were to be given no time to achieve more than window dressing and electioneering.
Perhaps Mr Gove has actually come to his senses, and sees the considerable value in using great architects?
Stephen Hodder and Peter Oborn have my full support in setting up this working group to help establish a formal set of guidelines for the Institute. However it is vital that the workings, decisions and outputs from the group are fully transparent, and agreed by Council prior to being formalised. Too much seems to go on behind closed doors, and this is an area which could impact all members.
Stephen you have my full support in this aim. We need more women architects, more support for them, and more training for practices to reduce the appalling attrition rates. Women architects are not just 'nice to have' they are vital to increase the sustainability of the profession.