Young architects around Britain are desperate for their studios to be more representative, says Kieren Majhail
When Sadiq Khan became the first Muslim mayor of a major European city it set a precedent for many. Two years later, the new lord mayor of Sheffield is a Somali-born refugee, making headlines in a casual pose perched on top of the railings of the city’s town hall. Role models are and will be an important tool in promoting diversity.
Architecture is no different. I studied at Nottingham University a decade ago, when there were few women architects given as examples. Sarah Wigglesworth, an outspoken an unapologetic feminist, was one of my role models whose projects I studied eagerly. There were even fewer architects of a different race – Zaha Hadid being probably the only high-profile figure from a different ethnic background making headlines.
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