Amplifying the voices of women to make cities better for everyone
Date: Thursday 5 October 2017
Venue: Lecture Hall
From a simple call out to women with a shared love of cities, Urbanistas has grown to a global network of over 1,500 people intent on changing the way cities are designed, governed, and thought about.
Hear from Liane Hartley, the founder of Urbanistas and chapter leads from across the UK and Sydney, Australia about the impact that the network has had on their city and their careers. Be inspired by the projects Urbanistas has empowered by challenging women to take their ideas off the drawing board, out of their heads and into action.
Liane Hartley: Founder of Urbanistas @UrbanistasUK @Lianemendsacity
Liane founded Urbanistas in 2012 based on the simple premise that women have a particular affinity for collaboration and are under-represented in the leadership and discourse of cities. She is also the founder-director Mend: a social sustainability and responsible place making consultancy and Source: an ethical employment + recruitment agency. Liane is a Fellow of the RSA.
Rachel Fisher: Urbanistas HQ @RachelAFisher
Rachel is Head of Infrastructure in the Cities and Local Growth Unit at DCLG. Prior to this she has held a variety of roles in policy and public affairs as a passionate advocate for a more humane approach to urbanism. Rachel is the Northern Hemisphere lead for Urbanistas HQ concentrating on public events and strategic partnerships. She is an associate member of the RTPI and a Fellow of the RSA.
Jo Carter: Urbanistas Cardiff @UrbanistasCDF
Jo is the Cardiff Chapter lead, co-founder of Satori Lab, an innovation and service design company and organises GovCamp Cymru unconference. She spent 7 months travelling the world with her family last year and is now the proud owner of a campervan which is taking her on new adventures. She is a Fellow of the RSA. Jo is currently recovering from breast cancer.
Kathie Pollard: Urbanistas Edinburgh @UrbanistasEDN
Kathie is Development Officer for the Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership, promoting the economic, social and ecological benefits of green networks. She studied Politics and has an MSc in Global Environment Politics & Society from the University of Edinburgh before joining the Policy team at the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Sarah Castle: Urbanistas London @UrbanistasLDN
Sarah is co-founding director of IF_DO, an architecture practice dedicated to creating projects with a positive impact on users, the environment and the surrounding community. IF_DO was named as one of the top 20 “promising practices from around the world” by Wallpaper* Magazine in July 2017. Sarah is also a chapter lead of Urbanistas London and a post-graduate design tutor at the London School of Architecture.
April McCabe: Urbanistas Sydney @SYDUrbanistas @citysociologies
April is the chapter lead of Urbanistas Sydney and an urban planner/placemaker. She is currently the Senior Policy Advisor to the Lord Mayor of Sydney on city planning, design and transport as well as education, gender equality and women. April is a self-confessed design nerd, equality optimist and urban sociologist.
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