A Fond Farewell From The Outgoing Presidential Team

Birmingham Architectural Association Presidential Team (2019-2021)

marina amy alison RICS dinnerBirmingham Architectural Association’s Outgoing Presidential Team (2019-2021)

President Marina Strotz
Associate at Intervention Architecture

Vice-President Amy Francis-Smith
Architect & Inclusive Access Consultant

Honourable Secretary Alison Doran



In the last 4 years, the BAA has become one of the most successful branches of RIBA thanks to the efforts of the Presidential Team and the committee of 18 talented, driven Birmingham professionals. We celebrate Marina, Amy and Alison’s time at the helm, especially marking the historic all-female lead for the first time in the BAA’s 147 year history.


As the current 2 year term draws to an end, we will be saying a fond farewell to our President Marina Strotz. One of the founding members in the 2017/18 relaunch, and former Vice-President, she has championed dozens of events and facilitated many people to have their voices and ideas heard. Some highlights include the 400 person re-launch party at the Ikon Gallery, the annual Women in Architecture events and the award winning Resilience series.

Her empathetic, democratic leadership style has moulded the BAA truly into a diverse and welcoming organisation. This has trickled through into the collaborative, celebratory core aims that her Presidency was founded on and is truly a much loved figure in Architectural community.


Our Vice-President Amy Francis-Smith has spear headed many wonderful initiatives and has been vocal about the importance of accessibility and inclusion throughout all tiers of the organisation. Instrumental in founding programmes such as the BAA Student Ambassadors or establishing the strong relationship with the Architects Benevolent Society; Amy has always tried to give a voice to those with a message such as the Future Architects Front.

During the last few years, she has grown from strength to strength, being named as a RIBAJ Rising Star and National Diversity Award – Disability Role Model amongst other awards. Amy has sadly decided not to take up the 2021-2023 Presidents role but we wish her all the best in her future endeavours and we’ll always be grateful for the time and energy she has inputted into the BAA.


Alison Doran, the BAA’s outstanding Honourable Secretary has been the solid foundation behind the organisation and integral to every key decision. Although much of her work has been behind the scenes, she has time and time again proven herself to go above and beyond not only for the BAA, but for the wider Architectural community. Having been involved with the committee for 4 years, she has brought endless ideas and knowledge to so many events in that time. Particularly driving the Heritage and Conservation agenda in the West Midlands as well as the Calling All Creatives competition which most recently collaborated with Coventry City of Culture Show Windows and RIBA West Midlands.


To reflect back on our 3 core aims for the last 2 years – Collaboration, Celebration and Climate Change, we hope that this ethos continues to resonate into the new era and to say one last Celebratory thank you to the outgoing Presidential Team.


Watch this space when we will be announcing our new committee board very soon!

Thank you all for your continued support and we will be inviting you to an event in the city soon!

The BAA Team

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Credit: Theo Deproost


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