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RIBA announces 2020 Inclusion by Design Festival

In celebration of National Inclusion Week, we are hosting the RIBA Inclusion by Design Festival. Taking place from 28 September to 2 October 2020, the festival is part of a programme of action to develop and support equity and inclusion within the RIBA, architecture profession and the wider built environment.

10 September 2019

In celebration of National Inclusion Week, we are hosting the RIBA Inclusion by Design Festival, from Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October.

Find out more about the virtual events and register your attendance below.

RIBA Inclusion by Design Festival 2020 events

The Architecture of Gender at Work with Professor Elisabeth Kelan

Monday 28 September, 12pm to 1pm (BST)

Led by Professor Elisabeth Kelan, an expert in leadership and organisational change, this event will focus on the architecture of gender in the workplace. Elisabeth will also discuss how cultural change across organisations and professions can be achieved.

Joining the discussion will be senior figures from the architecture profession; Simone de Gale, Sumita Singha and Tim Clark, as well as Adrian Dobson – RIBA Executive Director of Professional Services.

A professor at Essex Business School, University of Essex, Elisabeth’s research focuses on women in leadership, men as change agents for gender equality, generations at work, and diversity and inclusion. She has published three books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. She has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship to study the future of work, digitalisation and gender.

Register to attend the Gender Equality in the Workplace event.

Social Mobility and the Talent Question

Tuesday 29 September, 12pm to 1pm (BST)

RIBA President Alan Jones will be joined by a range of experts, including the Sutton Trust, to discuss the vital importance of supporting social mobility in the pursuit of equitable and diverse workplaces, and share tips on how to secure and develop the best talent.

Register to attend the Social Mobility and the Talent Question event.

Pride in Architecture

Wednesday 30 September, 3pm to 4pm (BST)

Organised in partnership with Architecture LGBT+, this event will explore the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion and allyship in the workplace. The expert panel will include Matthew Todd, writer and former Editor of Attitude Magazine; Paris Lees, writer, campaigner, model, leading the fight for trans rights in the UK; and Moud Goba, an LGBTI and human rights activist and one of the founding members of UK Black Pride.

Register to attend the Pride in Architecture event.

The Big Questions on Race with John Amaechi OBE

Thursday 1 October, 1.30pm to 2.45pm (BST)

To kick off Black History Month 2020, join guest speaker John Amaechi OBE. An organisational psychologist, John will be discussing the big questions around modern racism. Taking live questions from the audience, he will explore the role that senior leaders play in creating an inclusive workplace and profession.

Register to attend the Big Questions on Race event.

Disability and Design: what makes a building accessible?

Friday 2 October, 12pm to 1pm (BST)

How do you create equitable and accessible buildings? Join a panel of experts who specialise in the design, construction and maintenance of accessible buildings. This inspiring and enlightening discussion will look at the need for access and inclusion to be considered from the very outset and through every stage of a building project.

Register to attend the Disability and Design event.

RIBA's commitment to creating meaningful change

The Inclusion by Design Festival is part of the RIBA’s plans to develop and support equity and inclusion within the organisation and architecture profession. In a new blog, Equity, diversity and inclusion: putting our house in order, RIBA CEO Alan Vallance sets out some of the steps needed to create meaningful change on issues of equity and acknowledges the RIBA’s record to date.

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