RIBA responses to government consultations on equality, diversity and inclusion
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is committed to making architecture and the broader construction industry more inclusive. We believe a diverse and inclusive profession, representative of the societies in which our members work, is pivotal to meeting the challenges of the future faced by our profession.
We work with government to help support our members to maximise potential value of architects’ diverse backgrounds, knowledge, skills and experience to build a stronger, more productive and creative profession in which all members of society have an opportunity to thrive and excel. Our consultation responses highlight our support for this.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Architects Registration Board: Tomorrow’s Architects – education and training reforms
This consultation sought views to the Architects Registration Board’s consultation, ‘Tomorrow’s Architects’ outlining proposals for architectural education and training reforms. The consultation suggests replacing Parts 1, 2 and 3 with two accredited qualifications and a series of new learning outcomes as a measure of accreditation.
Our response highlights that current proposals fall short of the radical changes that are needed to transform our education system. We advocate for a system promotes diversity and inclusivity, by facilitating the growth of alternative routes to entry.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: parental leave and pay – supporting parents and achieving equality
This consultation sought views on improving reforming parental leave and pay, proposals for entitlements for parents of babies who require neo-natal care and considers new measures to increase transparency of the employer offer on flexible working and family-related leave and pay.
Our consultation response highlighted the work that the RIBA is taking in these areas.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: ethnicity pay reporting
This consultation sought views on ethnicity pay reporting by employers. It sets out options and asked questions on what ethnicity pay information should be reported by employers to allow for meaningful action and who should be expected to report.
Our consultation highlighted that we support efforts to introduce ethnicity pay reporting as a further step to improving diversity and inclusion in the architecture sector.
Women and Equalities Select Committee: disability and the built environment
The accessibility of our homes, buildings and public spaces is vital for those with physical and mental disabilities and our ageing population. This inquiry explored the extent to which those needs are considered and accommodated in the built environment and asked whether more could be done to increase the accessibility and inclusivity of both new and existing properties and spaces.
We recommended that the government require local authorities to set up and maintain an Accessible Housing Register, provide funding for accessible affordable housing and make it easier for local planning authorities to adopt the higher accessibility requirements in the Building Regulations.