My vision for the RIBA National Council, by Abigail Patel

Abigail Patel, architectural assistant at Harrison Pitt Architects, is running for election to the RIBA National Council. Here she shares her election statement which calls for more to be done to address inequality and encourage diversity.

I am a Post-Part 1 Architectural Assistant at Harrison Pitt Architects, a medium sized practice in Lancaster. I studied my Part 1 at The University of Edinburgh and will be starting my Part 2 at The Manchester School of Architecture in September 2017.

I believe it is crucial to consider the role of the RIBA within the coming year following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. In the next two years of Brexit negotiations I hope to act as the strong voice within the student community, ensuring that the work being carried out by the RIBA is communicated to all student members.

My aim is to support, and build upon, the progress that is being made by the RIBA post-referendum, therefore ensuring that all students, the future of the profession, will have a strong and bright future within the UK.

Personally, I am interested in researching and understanding the progress of the architectural profession. Whilst great improvements have been made over recent decades to respond to the issues of inequality and disparity, it’s clear that there is still a lot more work to do.

As student council member my aim is to represent the underrepresented and ensure that the future of the industry is as diverse and engaging as the work that we create.

I believe it is important that we continue to acknowledge the financial implications that the lengthy architectural education route has on students. As council member I would look to engage in conversations about the Part 1-2-3 educational system and how this can be adapted to benefit students of all backgrounds and subsequently ensure that funding is put to the best possible use.

My aim is to guarantee that all students have equal opportunities to produce their greatest work and be able to confidently move forward with encouraging prospects about their future.

I foresee my own potential in the profession as being strongly influenced by the RIBA and the opportunities and guidance it provides.

In this way, I would like to become a clear, strong voice within the architectural community and use this opportunity to encourage others to engage with the RIBA and take advantage of all the benefits it has to offer.

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