Yasmin Shariff is a principal of Dennis Sharp Architects and an elected AAA and RIBA Council member. She was Head of Design with a multi-academy sponsor and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster.
The longer this misogyny continues the less credible our profession becomes. There is worrying evidence that recent female graduates (who get paid more or less equally) think that they will be ok as they have the talent, skills and ability. By the time they experience discrimination it is too late and a large proportion will no doubt, like women before them, leave the profession. There has been significant progress in other professions and change is long overdue in ours.
Eric Parry will be giving a lecture entitled Context: between street and horizon at the University of Westminster on Thursday 11 Feb at 6pm. 35 Marylebone Rd NW1 5LS no booking required- fee event.
Lovely to see these house revisited- they are one of the most remarkable designs I have ever seen.
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Fantastic achievement - shining a light on amazing talent and an encouragement to all those outside WASPish stereotypes. With his feet on the ground working with youngsters in Tower Hamlets and his head covered in stardust- a wonderful inspiration. Well done.
It is not just about size it is about the way we want to live. Tall buildings in the UK fall into two main categories- developers cashing in or battery hen social housing. The antithesis - the post-war sub-urban model for a family unit developed to lure soldiers into utopian havens is no longer relevant. We increasingly live in single person households that need to be physically and socially inter connected. Spreading our infrastructure out over our countryside is not a sustainable option. Connectivity, density and public spaces that enable interaction is what matters. Failing to plan for our common future and the obsession with planners to keep under existing ridge heights is resulting in the worst kind of developments. There are good models we could develop including BEDZED so lets measure up in a more meaningful way!