6 February 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which for the first time granted some women the right to vote in the UK.

To mark this anniversary Design Council will feature a series of ‘Leading Women’ over the next twelve months who have each made invaluable contributions to shape the world that we live in today.

Our Leading Women in Design series will hear a wide range of voices and recognise achievements within the design economy through interviews, features and articles as part of a wider discussion about diversity and talent in design.

Check out our new Leading Women in Design series.

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Sarah Jones-Morris: A landscape architect on a mission to cure our cities through design In the next article in our Leading Women in Design series, Sarah discusses her passion for striving to create healthier cities, how street trees have a huge impact on our health, and muses on why Vitruvius is still relevant today. In the next article in our Leading Women in Design series, Sarah discusses her passion for striving to create healthier cities.

Feature — 10/09/2018

Cany Ash: urban storyteller and architectural entrepreneur Cany discusses why women need to take ‘just’ and ‘only’ out of their vocabulary, and how diversity is in fact about ‘interculturalism’ as opposed to ‘multiculturalism’. Why women need to take ‘just’ and ‘only’ out of their vocabulary, and the difference between ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘interculturalism’.

Feature — 15/08/2018

Diversity and business performance – is there a link? To what extent might inequalities be holding the design economy back from achieving its full value to the UK economy? To what extent might inequalities be holding the design economy back from achieving its full value to the UK economy?

Feature — 13/08/2018

Video: Elsie Owusu – Founding Chair of the Society of Black Architects Elsie is a specialist conservation architect, interior and urban designer, and founder of her own architects practice. Elsie believes that the diversity of the people living in London should be reflected in the architecture industry. For change to occur, the image of the architect has to change,... Elsie is a specialist conservation architect, interior and urban designer, and founder of her own architects practice.

Feature — 23/07/2018

Video: Sadie Morgan – The youngest president of the Architectural Association Sadie Morgan is a founding director at award winning architecture practice dRMM. Sitting in the communal gardens at Trafalgar Place, Sadie reflects on how her upbringing in a commune has impacted the way she approaches design, and how public and communal spaces were key to the development of this... In our fourth Leading Women in Design story, we spoke to Sadie Morgan, founding director at award winning architecture practice dRMM.

Feature — 23/05/2018