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Everybody has a different experience of space and place, and how they use it. As engineers and designers, how can you ensure you are co creating equitable spaces and infrastructure that are inclusive to all?
This event will provide a forum to consider intersectionality in design and what it means to design truly inclusive spaces. From the ‘why’ to the ‘how’, our illustrious speaker faculty will discuss how to serve the needs of all communities.
President, Institution of Civil Engineers Executive Director, WSP Patron, Women in Transport
Rachel Skinner is the 156th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is an Executive Director (Transport) at WSP. She is a Patron of Women in Transport (a not-for-profit) having been one of its founding board members since 2005. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a chartered engineer and a chartered transport planner.
Rachel chairs the Carbon stream of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and was recently invited to join the external expert panel established to support the UK Department for Transport’s Acceleration Unit that is focused on a faster, better and greener recovery beyond COVID-19. She served two years as an Infrastructure Commissioner for Scotland from late 2018.
In 2016, Rachel was listed as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural UK Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering; in 2017 she was named the Most Distinguished Winner and Best Woman Civil Engineer at the Women in Civil Engineering Awards, and in 2019 she was confirmed by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Top 100 Women in Engineering.
Rachel has authored, scripted and hosted publications and films on topics including “Shaping Zero” about net zero carbon for infrastructure, “Making Better Places” on place-making and future mobility, and before that about digital technology and its potential for infrastructure, industry innovation and collaboration.
She is regularly invited to give keynote conference presentations and to chair international and national industry events. Rachel is involved with strategic projects for clients across the public and private sectors, including leadership of a growing portfolio of future mobility projects in the UK and overseas.
Founding Director of Creative Urban Alchemy & Adjunct Professor at Columbia University GSAPP
Ifeoma is an experienced Urban Designer & Strategist with a proven track record in transforming urban spaces into platforms for equity and design excellence. Through leadership roles in urban design & development initiatives funded by the United Nations, FIFA and the NYC Mayors Office she has excelled in managing multidisciplinary teams towards the planning and implementation of projects supporting racial, social and cultural equity.
She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University and Columbia University where she teaches on the intersection of urban design and equity. As the founding Director of Creative Urban Alchemy LLC, she is a highly sought-after consultant on equitable urban design and sustainable development strategy for city governments and civic institutions internationally.
Author, Feminist City
Leslie Kern, PhD, is the author of two books on gender and cities, including Feminist City: Claiming Space in Man-Made World (Verso). She is an associate professor of geography and environment and director of women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. Kern's research has earned a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, a National Housing Studies Achievement Award, and several national multi-year grants.
She is also an award-winning teacher. Kern's writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vox, Bloomberg CityLab, and Refinery29. She is also an academic career coach, where she helps academics find meaning and joy in their work. Kern's next book project is an intersectional guide to gentrification, forthcoming from Between the Lines Books in 2022.
Architect, Institute of Architecture & Design; University Lecturer & Researcher, TU Wie
Sabina Riss is an architect who advocates to improve gender equality in the professional field of architecture and in the planning of the built environment. She lectures and researches at the Vienna University of Technology at the faculty of architecture and spatial planning. She is co-author of various scientific studies for public clients and is an invited speaker, consultant and writer with a gender focus. In her PhD she examined women`s impulses on housing and urban planning in the 20th century.
Founder & CEO, Built by Us
Danna Walker is the founder and CEO of Built By Us, an award-winning social enterprise that exists to actively champion greater diversity and inclusion in the construction sector. Her career spans over 20 years in construction and built environment, encompassing various roles including electrician and Architect, and within the field of vocational education. She is currently a board member of Public Practice and former charity Trustee and was an elected Board member for the Architects Registration Board.
Danna was proud to be nominated for the Precious Awards 2015, which celebrates the achievements of women of colour. In 2018 she presented the BBC Radio 4 documentary The Architecture of Incarceration which explored the philosophy and ethos of modern prison design and took part in a debate on Race and Our Public Space. In 2019 Built By Us won the prestigious National Mentoring Awards 2019, National Diversity Programme of the Year for the innovative FLUID Diversity Mentoring Programme.
Program Officer, Enterprise Community Partners Inc, Chicago
As a program officer at Enterprise Community Partners, Chandra Christmas-Rouse leads program, policy and capital initiatives with local partners that focus on environmental resilience, equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD) and healing-centered engagement. A background in community development and environmental justice informs her design approach of working with community stakeholders in a participatory process to support capacity building, achieve place-based solutions and reimagine systems.
Prior to joining Enterprise, she worked on integrating policy and strategy consulting with technical knowledge to advance economic mobility and sustainability for a number of organizations and firms. Chandra holds a BA in Environmental Sciences & Policy with distinction from Duke University and a Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University. She has been named a 2020 Threewalls RaDLab+Outside the Walls Artist Fellow and currently serves on the board of Equiticity.
Joint Head of Canada Water, British Land
Emma jointly leads the development of Canada Water, a 53 acre development project in Central London. She joined the Executive Committee in 2019.
Emma is the Chair to Government Expert Advisory Panel OxCam Arc and a Non-executive Director of Assura plc, as well as Non-executive Director of TEDI-London, a higher education provider for future engineers founded by Arizona State University, King’s College London & UNSW Sydney.
Emma joined British Land in 2014 from Landsec where she delivered a number of Central London developments as well as overseeing their strategic land portfolio. Prior to this, Emma held development and land management roles at Barratt and Crest Nicholson.
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