This FAME collective event, hosted by NLA, explores the diverse pathways that ethnic minority women have navigated to become successful built environment professionals.
FAME collective celebrates the successes of the women in the built environment and exposes the barriers they face through narratives of their lived experiences. Sharing their ‘pathways to success’ and the challenges they have overcome in their career from both the public and private sector. Through this lens, we will review the systemic inequality in the built environment and planning system.
In the aftermath of Covid-19, how can policies, procurement and planning enable the voices of underrepresented communities, to address inequality and to consider the social values of places, buildings and neighbourhoods? How can we carve a role to support communities and local authorities to work with private clients, to achieve better social values, and to create an inclusive place and a city for all?
This event will provide an important opportunity to discuss the barriers in the built environment and the routes out to ensure the success of people, place and project.
This is a participatory event to explore the impact of racism, injustice and inequality contributing to the barriers in architecture and the built environment. We want to hear about the lived experiences of practitioners, academics and students from BAME backgrounds, to unpack the grievances. Audience participation is encouraged to share your experiences and perspective, which can be shared anonymously if preferred.
This event is not exclusive to women and we invite everyone to join in the conversation.
FAME collective is a research-based network founded to support women of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities in architecture and the built environment. FAME is responding to an urgent need for understanding how race and gender affects established and young practitioners, from diverse backgrounds, knowledge and practices by engaging in conversations about the barriers in architecture and the built environment. Their aim is to raise awareness of the barriers, inequality and lack of diversity in architecture and the built environment and to demand change that responds to our collective challenges.
Please note: your name and company may be used as part of FAME collective’s ongoing research to support women of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities in architecture and the built environment.
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Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows, Founder of FAME, Director of Our Building Design, Senior Lecturer of Architecture at the University of Westminster and Trustee of Mannan Foundation Trust
10:10 Keynote presentation - Pathways to Success in the Built Environment from a FAME Perspective
Pooja Agrawal, Assistant Director of Service Strategy, Homes England and Co-Founder, Public Practice
10:20 Speaker presentations
Dr Teri Okoro, Founder and Director, TOCA architects
Siu-Pei Choi, Senior Design Manager, Wates Construction (Residential)
Manisha Patel, Senior Partner, PRP
10:40 Breakout sessions with audience participation
11:25 Closing remarks
Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows
Founder of FAME, Director of Our Building Design, Senior Lecturer of Architecture at the University of Westminster and Trustee of Mannan Foundation Trust
Dr Teri Okoro
Founder and Director, TOCA architects
Co-founder, Public Practice
Senior Design Manager, Wates Construction (Residential)
Senior Partner, PRP Architects