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The Dublin-born architect, and RIBA President, Angela Brady has won the 2012 Women of Outstanding Achievement Award For Leadership and Inspiration. Angela Brady, who is the RIBA’s second female President, received the prize from Princess Anne at an awards ceremony on 29 November in London. The high-profile award is given to leading women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields who work either in business, research, academia or professional bodies. This year’s shortlist included Sony Vice President Naomi Climer, and Rolls-Royce Nuclear Propulsion Systems General Manager Kathy Ellis.
Angela Brady said she was “absolutely delighted” to receive the prize, explaining it would hopefully “inspire and encourage” more women to enter the architectural profession. “There are barriers to attracting and retaining women in architecture which I have campaigned on throughout my career and presidency. Inspiring role models are important to attracting women architects, but we also need a galvanized profession committed to retaining the widest talent pool, including women, to deliver an improved built environment for the future.”
Brady said unequal pay between genders – exposed by ONS figures last week showing women architects take home £8,500 less than their male counterparts – was ‘unacceptable’. ‘The architecture profession must be able to respond to clients’ needs and the society it designs for.’
About Angela Brady
A graduate of the School of Architecture, DIT Bolton Street, Angela Brady won a postgraduate scholarship to Denmark and worked with Arthur Erickson in Toronto. She set up Brady Mallalieu Architects, with her partner Robin Mallalieu in 1987. Angela Brady has been a champion for architectural quality in the the built environment has has worked in education for over a decade. She is a past RIBA validation inspector, and was an external examiner at the Mackintosh, Brighton and Dublin schools of architecture. She is a visiting critic at many universities including London Metropolitan University. Brady was at the inception of the RIBA’s Architects for Change equality forum 11 years ago and chaired Women In Architecture (2000 – 2005). She curated the world tour of DiverseCity, which has been to 34 cities around the world promoting diversity of people in the profession, and has set up a European network of women architects. As a broadcaster, Angela has presented a six-part TV series for Channel 4 – ‘The Home Show’ and the 65-part ITV series ‘Building the Dream’.
She has been elected to the Council of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) 12 times and chairs the RIAI London Forum. She is the RIBA’s President for 2011-2013.
Brady was a finalist in the AJ/Atkins Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards 2007. She received an An Post/AIB Bank Award from then Irish President, Mary Robinson, highlighting personal achievement in architecture. She was made a fellow of the RIAI and is a fellow of the RSA.