Three Built Environment Presidents were the guest speakers at a Women in Planning event held in London. Janet Askew (RTPI), Louise Brooke-Smith (RICS) and Jane Duncan (RIBA) all spoke about their journeys during an evening kidly sponsored by Colliers International.
Janet Askew said: “This is an auspicious year for women in the built environment and Women in Planning is leading the way in drawing attention to women’s issues in our disciplines. It is incumbent upon us to make sure that those aspects of the built environment over which we have some control in our jobs, do indeed meet the needs of women and other disadvantaged members of society”
The organisers said: "Each time another historic milestone is met by a woman it paves the way for future generations. We believe that having three women presidents across Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Royal Town Planning Institute at the same time is another important milestone to celebrate, presenting an opportunity to discuss and debate the state of play for women across the related professions".
Women in Planning is an informal professional network of women working in the town and spatial planning profession. The network was started in 2012 via a LinkedIn group and is growing from strength to strength with now over 400 members.
The network welcomes all involved in the profession whether private, public sector, academics, third sector or students, a member of a professional institution or not, regardless of your position at your job, or how many years you have gained in the profession.
For more information see Women in Planning