RSUA recently organised a group for Women in Architecture chaired by Aisling Shannon-Rusk to discuss issues relating to the experience of women working in this arena. Twenty members of this group met on 23rd August 2019 in 2 Mount Charles.
In order to develop the group’s understanding of the issues directly affecting women an online platform to share ideas and experiences was discussed. Such a platform would provide a link to other relevant organisations and initiatives and Ulster University have offered to host a PechaKucha for a range of women to tell their story as architects. A small subgroup was formed to look specifically at the barriers faced by women who want to work in architecture and bring forward proposals to remove them. This will report back at the February 2020 meeting.
Participation in events beyond architecture in Northern Ireland was high on the agenda and the group considered how to engage with International Women’s Day in 2020 and the RIAI Women in Architecture event in July 2020. RSUA will maintain contact with CITB regarding their conference focusing on Women in Construction
The meeting concluded with a visit scheduled to the north west for Women in Practice on 23rd October with all members to be invited.