RIBA president Angela Brady has landed the 2012 Women of Outstanding Achievement Award For Leadership and Inspiration
Brady – who is the institute’s second female president – collected the prize from Princess Anne at an awards ceremony yesterday (29 November).
The high-profile award is given to leading women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields who work either in business, research, academia or professional bodies.
Brady said she was ‘absolutely delighted’ to receive the prize, explaining it would hopefully ‘inspire and encourage’ more women to enter the architectural profession.
She said: ‘There are barriers to attracting and retaining women in architecture which I have campaigned on throughout my career and presidency.’
She added: ‘Inspiring role models are important to attracting women architects, but we also need a galvanized profession committed to retaining the widest talent pool, including women, to deliver an improved built environment for the future.’
Brady said unequal pay between genders – exposed by ONS figures last week showing women architects take home £8,500 less than their male counterparts – was ‘unacceptable’.
‘The architecture profession must be able to respond to clients’ needs and the society it designs for.’
This year’s shortlist included Sony vice president Naomi Climer, Rolls-Royce Nuclear Propulsion Systems general manager Kathy Ellis, University of Keele bioengineering professor Alicia El Haj and Christina Jackson, technical director at Amey.
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