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Architect parents juggling two lives: at work and at home

Join this panel discussion, hosted by Women in Architecture (WIA) and RIBA, to hear from architect parents about dealing with the responsibilities of demanding jobs and childcare.

Calling all architect parents

Time away from the workplace, whether for a career break, parental leave, or caring responsibilities, can lead to feeling out of the loop.

Join this panel discussion, hosted by Women in Architecture (WIA) with RIBA and the RIBA Balance Community, to hear from architect parents about dealing with the responsibilities of demanding jobs and childcare.

We'll explore:

  • parental leave and flexible working
  • positive examples of practices offering enhanced parental leave and support for returning to work
  • examples of shared parental leave as an incentive for couples to balance career progression
  • the unequal impact of parenthood on career progression

Welcome and introduction

Maria Loreto Flores, Associate Director Zaha Hadid Architects and WIA UK Committee

Chaired by Judith Topley, Director Jo Cowen Architects, Assoc CIPD, Enterprise Advisor Central London Careers Hub

Panel speakers

  • Naomi Sakamoto, Principal, Gensler
  • Caterina Polidoro, Principal Director, tp bennett
  • Mario Barrientos, Senior Associate, Morris & Co.
  • Dan Carter, Head of Design, United Living Group
  • Sophie McCarthy, Design Director, Atomik Architecture
  • Matt Waddelow, Associate, Shed KM

Inclusion

This event is designed to be inclusive and equitable, welcoming individuals of all gender identities and those from underrepresented and marginalised communities to participate. All are welcome and will be treated with dignity and respect.

This is a family friendly event; babies and toddlers welcome.

Accessibility

Please tell us if you have accessibility needs, require adjustments, or assistance during an emergency evacuation at hello@wia-uk.org.

This event may be recorded or photographed. The media partner is You See Media.