Week long mini-series for International Women's Day
The RIBA West Midlands and Birmingham Architectural Association are thrilled to announce our annual celebration of Women in Architecture. Join us as we celebrate Women in Architecture this International Women’s Day with a week long mini-series 8th-12th March.
This celebration continues to grow annually as we showcase the inspiring talent and experiences of Women in Architecture from across the region while opening conversations and sharing knowledge.
Every year we build on the success of previous years, and we are delighted to announce that this year’s celebrations will be made up of an online exhibition along with a series of workshops and panel discussions spanning the week commencing 8th March.
We’re kickstarting our Women in Architecture celebrations off with a Panel Discussion on International Women’s Day, based around this years International Women Days theme of #ChoosetoChallenge. We will be hearing perspectives from a number of inspirational panellists, their journey in the profession and their thoughts on the challenges of the last year.
Meet the panellists:
Sumita Singha – Author, Artist and Architect – Director Ecological Architects
Anne Netherwood – RIBA Accredited Conservation Architect – Director Anne Netherwood
Libby Watts – Director Liberty Rose Architects and SPABS scholar
Following a ‘coffee and a chat’ format, and open to all, this event will create a forum for people to share experiences of being a parent in the Architectural profession. Particularly how the pandemic has changed how we juggle work and parenthood, discussing the ways in which practices can support employees to achieve an effective work-life balance and what strategies can we retain going forward as practices begin returning to the studio.
Hosted by RIBA West Midlands Regional Director and Mum of two Becki Smith, our experience-sharing forum will open the discussion on the pros and cons of parenting in a pandemic. Brainstorming positive solutions for the future, whilst providing a safe space to share tips and experiences – the good, the bad, and the ugly!
With the theme of this year’s international women’s day being “choose to challenge” we can individually be responsible for our own thoughts and actions when it comes to calling out gender bias and inequality. This workshop will provide information to educate employees of their rights at work and to empower those thoughts and actions.
Covering themes such as; redundancy, maternity/paternity leave, discrimination, tribunals, sexist comments, sick pay/ill health, expected frequent unpaid overtime, furlough, flexible hours, equal pay, working from home requests, extending probation periods, compassionate leave, concerns around Covid-19/distancing at work, employer’s responsibilities, ACAS, unions etc.
Please submit your anonymous queries, questions and scenarios for Keir to discuss.
Dreaming of your own little office nook or a home-schooling environment? Interested in the colour trends of 2021?
In this workshop hosted by our very own Surika Carvalho, the owners Hannah May Sidley and Laura Hegan-Smith of Interior brand Cream and Black will share their journey as females building a business in Interior Design, along with tips and advice on adapting our living spaces to the new ways in which we are working. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Maintaining a sense of humour during these times is no easy feat, especially when your office colleagues have been replaced with a cat or house plant!
Join us for Laughing Yoga – a unique concept of intentional laughter without a reason!
This workshop by Merrie Maggie will be a combination of laughter exercises and deep breathing, causing endorphins to release and providing the same physiological and psychological benefits as real laughter.
*Please note camera’s are required to be switched on and participants required to complete a medical contra-indications form to take part in this event, spaces are limited.