Birmingham Architectural Association President (2019-2021)
Birmingham Architectural Association’s Outgoing President (2019-2021) and Associate, Marina Strotz.
It has been an honour to represent the Birmingham Architectural community.
Thank you all for supporting and engaging with us these last few years.
Initially elected on a speech based around collective decision making and a flat democratic structure, the BAA committee always chose to challenge adversity with resilience, champion inclusivity and cultivate passions. Our efforts have made the BAA one of RIBA’s most successful branches in history.
With Amy Francis-Smith (VP) and Alison Doran (Hon Sec.), Brum architectural history was made with the first all female BAA presidential team since it was founded in 1875.
I could not have been on this journey without the tenacity of these 2 rising stars(!) and the wonderful committee.
There have been great times, tears, Zoom faux pas and a lot of laughter!
As we know it’s been a challenging couple of years! From 10 table talks to 400 people parties, the pandemic required an alternative approach. In this pivotal moment, the local association became internationally recognised with an award winning series of talks, debates and some laughing yoga thrown in for good measure!
We also took the brave move, supported by our wonderful sponsors, to donate to the Architects Benevolent Society so that the ABS could continue to support the architectural community.
Throughout the most recent era of the BAA, our collective aims were Collaboration, Celebration and Climate Change, which we hope shall continue long into the BAA’s future.
Marina is an Associate at young boutique practice Intervention Architecture, recently crowned ‘Architects Practice of the Year’ Midlands property Insider Awards 2019 and included in Elle Decoration Top 25 UK Architects in 2020.
She has almost a decade of experience delivering projects and working closely with clients at all stages from joinery connection details to airport terminal design at Birmingham-based Practices. Regardless of scale, her passion is to create great quality, beautiful and crafted designs tailored to any budget for the end-user.
Swiss-Brummie Marina is an award-winning student and has graduated from Birmingham City University for each part of her architectural studies and has contributed to a publication on the re-introduction of steel in the Swiss construction industry.
As President, Marina is passionate alongside the BAA committee to continue promoting great architecture and design in Birmingham, championing issues and opportunities, and fostering relationships and collaboration throughout the construction industry.
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