'Diverse role models from different social and economic backgrounds are vital in proving that if you are incredibly passionate about what you do, you can make it as an architect.'
'Architecture is already a fairly exclusive profession and the financial realities of studying are making it even more so. We risk a future where an architectural profession will only be for those who can afford it.'
'If you can design spaces that make people want to get up in the morning, then architecture can actually start to change society.'
'We do ourselves a commercial disservice if we don't fish from a multicultural talent pool that includes both men and women.'
'I see architecture as a community; it affects me so I want to be a part of it and contribute. I don't agree with those who say 'I can't be bothered to get involved'. I want to have an impact.'
'I'd like architecture to lose some of its ego. We need to come down off our pedestals, get into communities and get our hands dirty.'
'I think diversity, in and of itself, generates creativity. It also strengthens the authority and credibility we bring to our projects.'
'The other students on my course were mostly from affluent, upper middle-class backgrounds and I felt like a misfit. I'm not sure how I made it through but once I've started something, I don't like giving up.'
'My dyslexia wasn't diagnosed until the first year of my degree, so my school years were very frustrating and I've taken a roundabout way to get into the profession.'