Dezeenwire: Angela Brady has been elected the next president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. See press release below.
Angela Brady elected next President of the RIBA
Angela Brady has been elected the next President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the UK body for architecture and the architectural profession. Angela will become President Elect on 1 September 2010 and will take over the two-year elected presidency from Ruth Reed on 1 September 2011.
Angela will be the 74th RIBA President, a position previously held by Sir G. Gilbert Scott and Sir Basil Spence among others; she will be the second woman President.
Angela Brady is director of Brady Mallalieu Architects, and is currently serving as a CABE enabler, Vice-Chair of Civic Trust Awards, advisor to the British Council, visiting critic for London Metropolitan University, external examiner for the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Ambassador for the Government Equality Office and a STEMnet Ambassador. She is also Chair of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) London Forum and a member of RIAI Council and the RIBA’ Women in Architecture committee.
Speaking today, Angela Brady said:
"I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been elected as the next President of the RIBA and look forward to working with Ruth Reed. There is a lot of hard work ahead in these difficult times for the profession and the construction industry as a whole, but I have complete confidence in our ability to meet the challenge.
“As RIBA President, my priorities will be to ensure the RIBA remains as relevant to its members as possible and to encourage all members to act as advocates for the benefits good design can bring to buildings, communities and the environment. There is a real challenge for us to position architecture and architects as offering real value for money to society - well designed buildings improve people’ health, wealth and happiness and that is the message I will be championing during my term in office. I will continue to stress the importance of sustainability in design as well as press for more diversity in the profession. I also aim to increase national and international links within the construction industry, so that we can work collectively to combat some of the environmental and economic problems we all face.”
Angela Brady was born in Dublin and graduated from Bolton St. Dublin School of Architecture after which she won a post graduate scholarship to Denmark. She worked with Arthur Erickson in Toronto. Qualifying as an architect in 1984, she worked for GMW and SEH before setting up her own private practice with her partner, Robin Mallalieu in 1987, Brady Mallalieu Architects.
Brady Mallalieu Architects specialises in contemporary sustainable design. Their work is well published and award-winning: most recently they have received awards from the RIAI 2010, and the Evening Standard for the Best New Housing Development for their work at Mastmaker Road, Isle of Dogs by Ballymore Properties. They also work on healthcare, education and office projects.
Angela has worked in education for over a decade. She is a past RIBA validation inspector, was external examiner at Brighton and Dublin schools of architecture and is currently External Examiner at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow University. She is a visiting critic at many universities including London Metropolitan University where she is also involved with a mentoring scheme and returners course to encourage people back in to the architecture profession after a career break.
Angela has delivered architectural design workshops in schools for 12 years, inspiring students about architecture and sustainable building. She has designed workshops with the RIBA, RIAI, Architecture Centre Network, Hackney Building Exploratory, Open City, and many galleries and museums.
Angela was at the inception of the RIBA’s Architects for Change equality forum 10 years ago and chaired Women In Architecture (2000-2005). She curates 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. Angela is an Ambassador for the Government Equality Office and a STEMnet Ambassador.
In 2007, Angela, on behalf of the British Council, coordinated the Near East North Africa (NENA) Women @ Work professional exchange twinning six London-based architects with architects in Palestine. In 2008 she chaired the international NENA seminar in Jordan on behalf of the British Council.
Angela has presented a six-part TV series for Channel 4 The Home Show showcasing the best architecture and interiors in six cities around Europe. She also broadcast the 65-part ITV series Building the Dream, designing a contemporary new build sustainable house in Somerset.
She has been elected to the Council of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) 12 times and chairs the RIAI London Forum.
Angela was a finalist in the AJ/Atkins Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards 2007. She received an Irish Post/AIB Bank Award from the Irish President, Mary Robinson, highlighting personal achievement in architecture. She was made a fellow of the RIAI and is a fellow of the RSA.
Angela is married to her partner Robin Mallalieu and they have two teenage children. They have lived in North London for over 25 years. Angela relaxes by painting pictures and making fuse glass objects.