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Join the AJ Women in Architecture partner programme

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Now in its second year, the Women in Architecture partner programme is a unique way to support AJ’s campaign to raise the profile and status of women in architecture while marking your practice out as an enlightened leader

Last year’s partners said signing up to campaign helped them to maintain staff, raise awareness of issues within their practices, and support women on their staff.

As a partner, you will enjoy exclusive benefits, including a table for 10 at the 2015 AJ WIA Awards lunch, where the winners of the Woman Architect of the Year Award, the Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award, the Jane Drew Prize and the inaugural Ada Huxtable Prize will all be revealed.

Perks also include access for your staff to the new AJ WIA mentorship programme, early booking to AJ WIA seminars and talks, your practice listed on all AJ WIA publicity, and an AJ WIA ‘proud supporter of’ logo for your website and email signature.

Your support will enable the AJ WIA campaign to extend its programme of learning and networking events, continue its research into equal opportunities and expanding its influence in the wider construction industry.

Our programme partners on why they support the AJ’s campaign

Michal Cohen

Michal Cohen, director, Walters and Cohen
‘Cindy Walters and I were delighted and honoured to be joint winner of AJ’s inaugural Woman Architect of the Year award in 2012. For us, Women in Architecture feels like a celebration of the diverse and impressive work being led by women in the UK and abroad, and we are delighted to be associated with AJ’s initiative.’

Liz Smith

Elizabeth Smith, associate, Purcell
‘There are more females in the industry than ever before. The AJ Women in Architecture campaign helps raise women’s profiles and provides them with the opportunity to learn from other professionals through its mentoring programme. Our main goal is to create equal opportunities for both men and women and by raising awareness of women’s issues, we can provide other practices with clearer guidance on how best to achieve this.’

Suzette Vela Burkett

Suzette Vela Burkett, managing director, Aukett Swanke
‘As a leading UK and international practice it is our responsibility to our teams and to the profession to ensure that gender and pay inequality is a thing firmly of the past. Developing a diverse studio team and providing career development opportunities for everyone creates a stronger profession, a rewarding place to work, and fundamentally produces better design. A diverse team fosters excellence in design and a diverse management board makes better strategic decisions.

‘Aukett Swanke are pleased to team up again this year with the AJ on the Women in Architecture programme to help eliminate inequality and to acknowledge and support the valuable contribution of women in architecture. It’s not optional to have equality in the industry, it’s mandatory if the profession is to survive and prosper in the future.’

Dieter Gockman

Dieter Gockman, director, EPR Architects
‘EPR Architects participation in the AJ Women in Architecture partnership programme has been integral to our work over the last 12 months to create an inclusive, flexible and supportive studio environment and fundamental to attracting, retaining and developing our best architects and designers regardless of their gender or background.

‘Sharing ideas and experiences with other practices on the programme has helped to inform our positive approach to attracting and developing female staff by supporting flexible working and actively encouraging our architects to maintain a positive life work balance, which has benefited us all.

‘That said, in common with others in the profession, we recognise we still have work to do. We have lacked female representation at board level for a couple of years and we are working hard to support the female members of our management team who would like to progress to board level, whilst still recognising that different architects have alternative measures of success, which we ensure we recognise and reward.

‘As an AJ100 practice and Women in Architecture programme partner we acknowledge our responsibility to challenge, influence and raise awareness of diversity and inclusion with colleagues in the wider construction industry. This is why we are pleased to continue our commitment to the programme and to the AJ to help promote initiatives – such as mentoring - that support the professional development of women and increase the visibility of female role models.’

Hilary Satchwell

Hilary Satchwell, director, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design 
‘Eleven years ago Jane Dann, Sue Rowlands, Jennifer Ross and myself set up Tibbalds. We are architects, urban designers and planners who have a passion for delivering great design and creating good places. As four women, leading a design-led urban design and planning practice, the AJ Women in Architecture campaign strikes a particular chord with us. We currently employ an equal number of women and men and our key objective is to allow each individual to realise their potential. In so doing we have worked hard to create the sorts of working environments that allows that potential to flourish and grow regardless of gender.

‘As partners of the AJ Women In Architecture Programme last year, we found the range of seminars and mentorships surrounding the campaign of particular use and interest to our employees. It was a pleasure to be involved with an initiative that celebrates women in architecture and we are proud to once again support the AJ campaign to raise the profile of women working in the industry.’

Teresa Borsuk

Teresa Borsuk, executive director, Pollard Thomas Edwards
‘Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) is proud to be an exemplar of good practice but it’s important to say that there has not been a deliberate attempt to create a gender balance through tokenism or positive discrimination here. Rather there has been a deliberate attempt to create a social and cultural environment which supports flexibility and equality. Our recruitment process is ‘gender blind’ – we focus on skills and attributes only.

‘The more women you have in your practice and in leadership roles, the more women you will attract. Once you have a critical mass it stops being an issue at all, and balance begets balance. Our approach is in the DNA of the practice - it’s just what we do.’

Jo Bacon

Jo Bacon, partner, Allies and Morrison
‘We are very proud to be involved for the second year with the AJ Women in Architecture programme. Being involved has contributed positively to discussion across the practice drawing on ideas from the programme, but perhaps more importantly instigated reflection within the partnership on the promotion of women and their skills within the practice. This year we are pleased to announce that we have promoted three women to the role of Director in the Practice, Romy Berlin, who heads our graphics team, Ruth Treacher, who is leading our interiors work and Vicky Thornton, an architect with 15 years of experience with our practice. We also continue to actively mentor, promote, train and support others.’  

Laura O'Hagan

Laura O’Hagan, associate director, Buckley Gray Yeoman
‘Buckley Gray Yeoman are very proud to be part of the campaign. In particular, we are passionate about how the campaign can examine the reasons behind the fall in numbers of female professionals between university and senior positions. We strongly believe in the campaign as a mechanism for change, to raise the profile and status of women in architecture.’ 

Chris Darling

Chris Darling, managing, director, Darling Associates
‘Our practice culture embraces diversity right across the spectrum – we represent more than 25 nationalities, all sharing a common goal to pursue beautiful, elegant architecture.’

Eva Woode

Eva Woode, gallery manager, Roca London Gallery
‘Supporting women in architecture is crucial to the sustainability of the architecture profession and in inspiring future generations. Roca’s values of design, innovation and sustainability go hand in hand with the message of the campaign, which is why we’re so proud to be involved.’

The AJ Women in Architecture partner programme

Partners receive:

  • Table of ten at the WIA awards
  • Early booking for your staff to all AJ Women in Architecture talks, seminars and learning events
  • Exclusive access for your staff to the new AJ Women in Architecture mentorship programme 2014/15
  • Your practice listed as a partner at AJ Women in Architecture events throughout the programme 2014/15, which includes seminars and talks
  • AJ Women in Architecture partner logo for your website and email footer

Partnership costs £4,500+VAT

For further details on how to join the partnership programme, email womeninarchitecture@emap.com

AJ Women in Architecture survey

Take the AJ Women in Architecture Survey

AJ Women in Architecture Awards

Enter the 2015 AJ Women in Architecture Awards


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