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RIBA West Midlands Women In Architecture Lunch
​Victoria Farrow, Vimi Solanki-Gohil, Alexa Woodward , Alison McKerracher, and Herpreet Rayet-Boughey.

RIBA West Midlands Women In Architecture Lunch

Join us for the launch of RIBA West Midlands Women In Architecture, celebrating women and their work in the profession. At the lunch we will hear from women at different career stages who are working in architecture in the West Midlands region. We will be hosting a three course meal at The Rep, providing an opportunity to celebrate achievements with excellent networking opportunities.

Be part of our new RIBA West Midlands Women working in Architecture group.

Join us for lunch on 5 July as we launch this new initiative at the Birmingham REP Theatre.

This inaugural event will be a celebration of where we are now, and will profile women currently working in architecture in the region, all at different career stages but with one thing in common – a passion for architecture and the role women have to play in the future of the profession.

During the day we’ll be connecting with colleagues around the world to celebrate female architects via #EthelDay, a social media campaign named after Ethel Charles, the first woman architect to be admitted to the RIBA in 1898. This social media initiative is part of RIBA International Week, 3-7 July 2017.

This will just be the start...

To join us for the Women in Architecture launch, register to reserve a place for lunch, or book a table for your RIBA Chartered Practice.

Who's going:

Alison McKerracher joined ADP Architecture in 1999 and opened ADP’s Birmingham studio in 2001.

With 29 years post qualification experience in the industry she has a wealth of knowledge, particularly in the education, scientific research and commercial sectors.

Alison performs the role of HR director and company secretary for the practice, supporting ADP’s ongoing commitment to Investors in People (Gold) accreditation, staff welfare and training and development. She is an advocate of the practice’s collaborative culture that promotes a healthy work/life balance through flexible working.

Instrumental in supporting the conversion of the practice to employee ownership, Alison believes that every member of staff should have a say in the future direction of the business. She is also proud of ADP’s gender and diversity equality. In Birmingham 60% of staff are female, and the practice employs people from all over the world.

Alison also helped establish Marudyan UK, a charity set up to support sponsored education for children living below the poverty line in India.

Vimi Solanki-Gohil
is a RIBA Chartered Architect at Glenn Howells Architects in Birmingham, where she is involved across a range of project types specialising in and leading a team of designers on mixed use residential led regeneration schemes across the UK.

Vimi has a bi-cultural Asian background and her involvement within her local community has led her to receive a number of awards in Indian traditional dancing and for fulfilling community leadership roles.

Victoria Farrow is a qualified Architect and chartered with the ARB following the completion of her studies at the University of Nottingham. She has worked in practice, both as the director of her own architectural practice and also as an employee of practices in Nottingham working in variety of different sectors. She has also worked with the fields of facilities management, BIM, occupancy planning, architectural visualisation and interior design.

In 2014, Victoria moved to join Birmingham City University in the role as Programme Director and Year 1 year leader. Having worked for more than 7 years delivering teaching and learning within the undergraduate years and postgraduate programmes at various institutions, Victoria is very experienced in her discipline. She has taught across them following fields within higher education: architecture, interior architecture, theatre design, architectural technology, BIM, CAD and digital architecture and a number of other specialist areas.

During her time as an academic, Victoria has developed networks with organisations working in USA, and South Africa, which have provided her with the opportunity to both teach a number of times in the USA and also collaborate on numerous international projects and research activities.

Alexa Woodward joined Glancy Nicholls Architects in March 2015 and was promoted to Associate in January 2016. She has over 12 years’ experience covering a range of sectors including Residential, Public buildings, Commercial and Education. Alexa’s extensive education portfolio has seen her work on a wide range of impressive and inventive academic projects.

The familiarity and understanding of teaching environments she brings with her has led to the evolution and reinvention of learning spaces and mechanisms across secondary, further education and higher education projects. Her keen interest in historic buildings and conservation has similarly facilitated her considerable experience in the redevelopment and restoration of historic and listed buildings, including works to a Grade I listed Christopher Wren building.

Alexa employs a creative approach to design and a keen interest in innovative construction methodologies. The focus and detail she applies to projects ensure the design concepts are followed through from the initial first sketch to the finished proposals.

Herpreet Rayet-Boughey joined ADP’s Birmingham studio in 2006. As part of the senior management team, she is responsible for managing client relationships and developing new business.

With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Herpreet’s career began in building construction before qualifying as an architect. During this time Herpreet has gained extensive experience in running projects at all stages across a variety of building types including education, healthcare, commercial, retail, and high-end residential.

She was also instrumental in setting up ADP’s studio in Delhi NCR, establishing the practice’s presence in the fast-growing Indian market. This has given her the ability to adapt ADP’s high quality design standards to different social, cultural and environmental contexts.

Herpreet is now actively involved with local schools to encourage young people from ethnically diverse communities to think about a career in architecture. She is also working with the RIBA West Midlands on a number of career development incentives for architectural students in the region.

You can contact the West Midlands Women In Architecture group by email to find out more.

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