Thank you Lisa for an inspiring article and for describing how you have taken an entrepreneurial approach to balancing practice / raising a family. I hope that the Pride Road franchise continues to help architects follow in your footsteps.
Maybe more needs to be done to highlight the benefits of Architecture as a career for women. If you can go it alone, it can be a well paid, rewarding and flexible career and if you stay in contact with ex-colleagues you can build a network of women architects who are mothers (There are quite a few of us - even if not all stuck with the 'Architect' title) who went on to work as sole practitioners. I'm part of such a mini network and we help each other out.
I am not sure that part timers like us who tend to do small domestic projects are fully on the on the radar of RIBA. I say that because the CPD subjects and awards are aimed at bigger and grander organisations. (We are never going to see a 'selecting a garage door' or 'domestic plumbing' on the CPD list although this is exactly the sort of CPD we would actually use!).
I believe that if RIBA reached out more to sole practitioners more they would in turn be doing a huge service to women architects many who have chosen this route as it gives the flexibility around raising a family.
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It helped me out a great deal to have the reduced maternity RIBA subscription when I had children and was struggling with finances due to childcare costs and reduced earnings.
So THANK YOU Chris Roche.
Are statements that new houses are being built too small now considered 'derogatory language'?
Making space standards part of the building regulations would be make the rules consistent for everyone in the country, how is that controversial?
Comment on: BBC apologises to Hadid over Qatar allegations
The Today interview was poor but Janice Turner’s article ’Hadid’s Deals with Despots Come at a Price’ in The Times yesterday was very good - if uncomfortable - reading. It centred on the issue of morality and architecture and asked whether architects have an ethical duty to question who they work for and for what purposes they serve.
“Of all art, architecture requires the deepest faith and investment in your vision from those with money to burn. And who has dosh for grand projects but oligarchs, Chinese party high-ups and kleptocrats?”
Of course there is serious money and backing behind certain grand projects and a chance to build something beautiful but if starchitects don’t take an ethical stand or use their influence they have to campaign for safety then the chance is that they will be remembered as a bunch of latter day Albert Speers.