We are delighted to announce that this year’s NLA Annual Lecture will be given by Amanda Levete CBE, recent recipient of the Jane Drew Prize.
The NLA Annual Lecture is one of the highest profile events in the NLA calendar and a headline event of the London Festival of Architecture in June.
Amanda is a RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect and recent recipient of the prestigious Jane Drew Prize, recognising her talent as a leader in international design. Through her own practice, AL_A, she has created award-winning projects around the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter in London; the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon; and Central Embassy in Bangkok.
Today, to mark International Women’s Day, we asked Amanda to share her thoughts on the changing opportunities for women in the industry.
“There has never been a better time to be a woman. 100 years ago we didn’t have the vote. When Jane Drew graduated in the 1930’s she couldn’t find work in an architect’s office because ‘they didn’t take women’. Years of legislation have failed us but the power of the #MeToo movement to change a culture is unstoppable - we must seize the moment.
However, as architects we are becoming more and more marginalised. We are obliged to drive down fees to unfair levels in order to win work. And the increasing demands made of us in competitions is out of hand. We can respond to this in a way that is positive for the discipline of architecture and for the diversity of our communities. I believe we should be more entrepreneurial, find new ways to collaborate, generate our own projects, identify unmet needs, find the site, write the brief, put together the funding…..And if we do this we can start to move outside of a system that is eroding respect.
Women are natural risk takers but we are also pragmatists – the perfect combination for leadership. Now is our time but let’s make sure we do it our way.” Amanda Levete
Bookings for the NLA Annual Lecture, taking place on Wednesday 6 June, will open in April:
NLA Members - 5 April and General Bookings - 11 April