We need to empower young architects to fight for what they believe in

Sadie Morgan

It can be hard to make your voice heard, writes Sadie Morgan

About 25 years ago, when Vogue called to say they wanted to run a photo shoot featuring up-and-coming design practices, and that they were sending a stylist with designer clothes to choose from, I was beside myself with excitement. But their crew came expecting an all-male line up for our studio, dRMM, and anticipated a set of three male directors.

So you can imagine my disappointment when there were no designer dresses, only suits, and no make-up artist or cosmetics to be seen. Already sporting a short haircut and a make-up-free face (ready for painting), I pulled together a menswear outfit and stared into the camera – shoulder-to-shoulder with my male counterparts. The result was a photograph with an ambiguous line-up.

This, and many other early episodes, set the tone for how I had to position myself within the design industry – but having the courage of your convictions was something drummed into me. Brought up in a community set up by my pioneering grandfather, my upbringing often set me apart from other kids.

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