Exposing the Barriers in Architecture

FAME Collective host an evening with Sumita Singha, Annette Fisher, Hilary Satchwell, Femi Oresanya & Anna Liu


06:00pm, Friday, 4 December 2020


08:00pm, Friday, 4 December 2020

This is a past event

Join us for an evening hosted by FAME Collective, a research-based network founded to support women of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities in architecture and the built environment. Keynote speaker Sumita Singha, is joined by Annette Fisher (Let's Build), Hilary Satchwell (Part W), Femi Oresanya (HOK and the Chair of the RIBA Architects for Change Expert Advisory Group) and Anna Liu (Tonkin Liu). 

This is a participatory event to explore the impact of racism, injustice and inequality contributing to the barriers in architecture. We want to hear about the lived experiences of practitioners, academics and students from BAME backgrounds, to unpack the grievances.

FAME is responding to an urgent need for understanding how race and gender affects established practitioners, young scholars and students, from diverse backgrounds, knowledge and practices by engaging in conversations about the barriers in architecture and the built environment. Our aim is to collectively respond and to demand change and the much-needed support to overcome barriers of racial and gender inequality both in academia and in practices. Our Q + A and participatory sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to share experiences of racial and gender inequality in architecture and the built environment.

FAME Collective

FAME Collective (Female Architects of Minority Ethnic) is a research-based network founded to support women of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities in architecture and the built environment, ounded by Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows and Tahin Khan. Their aim is to raise awareness of the barriers, inequality and lack of diversity in architecture and to demand change that responds to our collective challenges. This event is part of a series of events which will be documented and shared with those in power to change and address the inequality that exists in architecture.

Sumita Singha

Sumita is an award-winning architect, with her own practice Ecologic. Sumita received the UIA:UNESCO International design, Women In Business and Architects Journal Atkins Inspire awards. She set up Architects For Change, the Equality forum at RIBA and is past Chair of Women In Architecture. She is a non-executive Director of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Sumita is a trustee of the Architects Benevolent Society and Commonwealth Association of Architects. She is the founding director of Charushila, an international design charity for community projects. Sumita has taught architecture in the UK and abroad.  She is the author of several books and a popular speaker on radio and podcasts.

Hilary Satchwell

Hilary Satchwell is an architect and urban designer with over 20 years experience in large scale placemaking, estate and urban regeneration, planning and design quality.  As a director of Tibbalds she leads and coordinates multidisciplinary project teams to deliver high quality housing and mixed uses, primarily for public sector clients.  Hilary is part of the action group Part W who are working across architecture and design campaigning for gender parity (and greater diversity more generally) across the built environment, including a high profile campaign around the RIBA Royal Gold Medal.  Hilary is a Design Advocate for the Mayor of London and as part of this role is involved in diversity issues within the built environment (and the Good Growth By Design Supporting Diversity Handbook), related procurement issues, and the role of social infrastructure.  Hilary is on a number of Design Review Panels and is a Trustee of Design South East. 

Annette Fisher

Annette Fisher is a practising international British/Nigerian architect. Her practice FA global operates in London and Lagos. She started her career working for commercial UK practices, TP Bennett, Rolfe Judd and Whinney Mackay Lewis before setting up her own practice in the capital in 1994. Now her mission and ambition are to use her skills, privilege, position and experience to motivate others to greater heights, and transform other people’s lives. She and her team are spearheading a global mass low cost housing project starting in Nigeria to meet the 25 million housing deficit; and a major UK project showcasing women and minority architects. She’s a former RIBA Vice President, nominated presidential candidate 2002 and council member. Annette was the first black woman to be elected to RIBA Council in 1999. She’s also Commonwealth Association of Architects Trustee and Alternate Regional VP Europe and partner FA Global. She’s also part-time professional RIBA part 3 tutor at Westminster University, London. 

Femi Oresanya

Femi is an architect and principal at HOK’s London Studio, which he joined in 1999. He is a Part 3 Part-Time Tutor at The Bartlett, UCL, and a RIBA Part 3 External Examiner at University of Cambridge, a member of the RIBA Validation Board and Chair of the RIBA Architects for Change Expert Advisory Group, which seeks to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in the education and practice of architecture. Femi was recently elected a RIBA London Council Member. Femi also has a strong voice within the role that Civic Architecture plays at unifying people.

Anna Liu 

Anna is an architect with 18 years professional experience in the UK, China, Japan, and the US. She founded Tonkin Liu with Mike Tonkin in 2002 and leads the studio’s public landscape and sculpture projects. Alongside practice, Anna has been a tutor, examiner, and juror for leading architecture schools and awards, including the Architectural Association, the University of Westminster, and the RIAS Building of the Year.