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Inclusion Charter

Join our campaign to break down barriers and make architecture more inclusive.

We all have a role to play in dismantling the discriminatory barriers that are preventing talented people from studying, practising or even appreciating architecture.

The RIBA Inclusion Charter invites RIBA members to step up and demonstrate their commitment to making architecture more inclusive.

Signatories will join a new community of equity champions and role models with a shared purpose – driving change.

By signing the RIBA Inclusion Charter, practices and individuals:

  • Acknowledge the urgent need for inclusion in the architecture profession and wider construction industry
  • Commit to setting inclusion targets and an EDI action plan for their practice
  • Commit to developing their workplace culture, talent pipeline and ways of working to support inclusion
  • Commit to publicly reporting on progress of their EDI plan - transparency and accountability are vital to drive cultural change
  • Commit to embedding inclusive design in all projects, and contributing to the development of inclusive environments

Signatories will be supported by the RIBA’s EDI Team and have access to best practice guidance on topics including recruiting diverse talent, inclusion data monitoring and establishing employee resource groups. You can explore some existing resources below.

The RIBA Inclusion Charter enables signatories to build on the requirements of the RIBA Codes of Conduct and Practice. For example, RIBA Chartered Practices must already have an EDI policy (the policy guide is currently being updated).

Pledge your support for a more inclusive profession and sign the RIBA Inclusion Charter.

If you would like to champion inclusion in the profession, but are not in a position to sign the charter, please read the RIBA Inclusion Footprints – a set of practical steps to positively impact your career and those around you.

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Selected equity, diversity and inclusion resources

Accessing Architecture: guidance documents to support people with disabilities entering or progressing careers in architecture.

Mentoring guidance: an overview and step by step guidance documents for in-practice mentoring programmes.

Practice Role Models: a framework for best practice and nine practice case studies.

Black History Month campaign: nine case studies setting out career pathways into and through the profession to leadership

Mental wellbeing toolkit: practical tips for practices and individuals, curated by Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum

Close the Gap: guidance on improving gender equality in practice

Gender pay gap case studies: successful initiatives practices have implemented to learn from

Founding signatories

  • Simon Allford, Practice Director, on behalf of AHMM
  • Jude Barber, Practice Director, on behalf of Collective Architecture
  • Ibrahim Buhari, architect
  • Pedro Gil, Director, on behalf of Studio Gil
  • Daniel Hajjar, Managing Principal, on behalf of HOK London Studio
  • Alan Jones, Director, on behalf of Alan Jones Architects
  • Cristina Lanz Azcarate, architect
  • Kirsten Lees, Managing Partner, on behalf of Grimshaw
  • Jane Simpson, architect and inclusive design/access consultant
  • Alan Vallance, CEO of RIBA
  • Matt Watts, Practice Director, on behalf of Reed Watts
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