RE—SET—GO: Accessible, hands-on, paid workplace experience and mentoring
29 October 2021
Despite the built environment’s influence on our everyday lives, women and Black, Asian and multi ethnic groups are still under-represented in the professions that shape it.
We want to help correct the bias in who gets to shape the cities we live and work in. We know that much more needs to be done to create opportunities in architectural practice, which has a poor track record when it comes to wider participation and diversity.
We Made That has, in collaboration with two other female-led architectural practices based in south London; IF-DO and Gort Scott, on programme leadership and the London Practice Forum, launched a pioneering initiative with a mission to diversify the architecture industry.
RE—SET—GO will make space for excluded voices and pilot ways to build more progressive and representative architectural communities.
The profession has been growing faster than any other creative industry in London but structural issues and a poor track record persists and results in a lack of diversity within the industry. Only 7% of all registered architects are people from BAME backgrounds, 37% of all architect jobs in London are held by women and 90% of jobs in the creative economy were done by people in more advantaged socioeconomic groups.
RE—SET—GO has secured support funding from Stride, who campaign to build networks that inspire imaginations, encourage collaboration and the exchange of knowledge. Backed by the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Wandsworth, the £85,000 pilot programme launched in November 2020 and runs for one year. Over this time it is expected to provide more than 150 individuals from under-represented backgrounds in these boroughs the experience, skills and connections to prepare for employment in architecture practice.
A number of activities will operate over this pilot year, including paid work experience; participative workshops; knowledge exchange events; and 1-to-1 mentoring sessions to support future generations of architects, designers and architecture practices.