Out in Architecture
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
Join a discussion considering the experiences of gay people in architecture and the role the profession plays in creating an environment that supports architects who are gay.
Did you know that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people who feel comfortable being themselves at work are more confident, creative, loyal and productive?
Research shows that LGB people are more likely to contribute fully and fulfil their potential as part of an organisation that demonstrates and promotes a commitment to equality and diversity. However, with a lack of visible out, senior LGB role models and no representation in the 2013 Top 100 gay-friendly employers, the architectural profession is lagging behind other creative industries in addressing the equality gap still experienced by many LGB architects.
In partnership with Stonewall and the RIBA’s equality and diversity forum Architects for Change, this event will give you the opportunity to learn more from a panel of professionals working in the industry with experience of LGB issues, including:
· Dieter Gockmann, Director EPR Architects who will be sharing his experiences of the industry as an openly gay architect;
· Colleen Humphrey, Stonewall who will be giving advice about what employers can do to ensure they are creating an environment where architects can be themselves at work; and
- Brian Bickell, Shaftesbury plc, the only openly gay CEO of a FTSE 250 company, who will cover the role of professional networking groups in developing and supporting LGB architects in the industry.
There will be a Q&A session, chaired by Jane Duncan, RIBA's Equality & Diversity Champion and Vice President Practice & Profession, that will allow you to share your experiences and debate the issues with the panel, as well as refreshments and networking afterwards, kindly supported by the RIBA.
The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome.
18:00 Tuesday 19 March 2012, Lasdun Room, RIBA 66 Portland Place, London