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Vanessa Brady wins 2013 Built Environment Women in the City Award

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The president of the Society of British and International Design (SBID), Vanessa Brady has landed this year’s Women in the City Award for the built environment

Brady – whose career as an interior designer spans more than three decades – was chosen for the prestigious award by a judging panel which included AJ editor Christine Murray.

Commenting on the award, Brady said: ‘I’m thrilled to be a finalist representative of businesswomen celebrating the contribution women make to the built environment.’

She continued: ‘Externally as an industry sector [the built environment] could incorrectly be considered male dominated. [However] this award provides an opportunity to encourage all men in the industry to change that perception and champion women’s success.’

The SBID president was one of eight high-profile category winners at the annual Women in the City awards hosted last week (24 October).

The awards’ built environment prize is endorsed by RIBA and Women in Building Services Engineering within the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering (WiBSE). 

Brady will now contend for the overall 2013 Woman of Achievement Award. The award’s winner will land a free place on an ‘accelerated development program’ taught by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in London.

The winner will be presented at a ceremony in London’s Plaisterers’Hall on 29 November.  


The Award judging panel is chaired by professor Susan Vinnicombe, OBE, director, Centre for Developing Women Business Leaders at Cranfield School of Management. Judges for the Built Environment category included Angela Brady, immediate past president RIBA; Christine Murray, editor at The Architects’ Journal; Harriet Minter, The Guardian ‘Women in Leadership’ section head; Andy Ford, Past CIBSE President, professor of Systems Engineering in Built Environment at London South Bank University; Caroline Stassen MEng MCIBSE, environmental engineer, Building Design Partnership and Susan Hone-Brookes environmental leader at Crown House Technologies.

The Award sponsors for 2013 include AXA, Google, MITIE, Gather & Gather, with The University of Chicago Booth School of Business as Academic sponsor. 






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