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This series hears a wide range of female voices and recognises achievements within the design economy through interviews, features and articles as part of a wider discussion about diversity in design.

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Jane Priestman OBE – the design director who transformed the experience of air and rail travel

Jane Priestman OBE – the design director who transformed the experience of air and rail travel

11 December 2018

Jane Priestman OBE is a legendary figure in the design world. For over 40 years she has specialised in strategic design, design management and the co-ordination of major national and international projects, with transport as her...

Alison Brooks: The only UK architect to have won all three of the UK's most prestigious awards for architecture

Alison Brooks: The only UK architect to have won all three of the UK's most prestigious awards for architecture

19 November 2018

Alison Brooks is a woman on a mission. Flying to and from Boston to lecture at Harvard, creating an experiential installation for this year’s Venice architecture Biennale, being named as one of London's most influential people in...

Morag Myerscough – The bright and bold Royal Designer for Industry

Morag Myerscough – The bright and bold Royal Designer for Industry

30 October 2018

Morag’s work straddles a space that includes designers, artists and architects. Her work is characterised by colourful boldness with a strong graphic design signature, often using big type or lettering and geometric elements.  Sh...

Sarah Jones-Morris: A landscape architect on a mission to cure our cities through design

Sarah Jones-Morris: A landscape architect on a mission to cure our cities through design

10 September 2018

After years of experience in landscape architecture and urban design, ranging from rural to urban context, feasibility studies to implementation of master plans focusing in particular on public health, Sarah Jones-Morris set up...

Cany Ash: urban storyteller and architectural entrepreneur

Cany Ash: urban storyteller and architectural entrepreneur

15 August 2018

Whilst walking through her home and studio, Cany explains that her childhood house was filled with thoughtful architecture – and it’s difficult not to notice the impact that this has had on her and her approach to architecture as...

Elsie Owusu – Founding Chair of the Society of Black Architects

Elsie Owusu – Founding Chair of the Society of Black Architects

23 July 2018

Elsie is a specialist conservation architect, interior and urban designer, and founder of her own architects practice.  Waking up every morning within the masterplan of her favourite architect, John Nash, Elsie looks out the...

Michal Cohen & Cindy Walters – The female duo running a leading UK architecture practice

Michal Cohen & Cindy Walters – The female duo running a leading UK architecture practice

13 June 2018

When they met on the first day of their first year of architecture school in Durban, South Africa, Cindy Walters thought Michal Cohen was someone’s little sister who had come along for the day. They went on to complete all six...

Sadie Morgan – The youngest president of the Architectural Association

Sadie Morgan – The youngest president of the Architectural Association

23 May 2018

Sadie Morgan is a founding director at award winning architecture practice dRMM.  Sitting in the communal gardens at Trafalgar Place – a Stirling Prize shortlisted housing project delivered as part of the large-scale regeneration...

Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh: The female designer fixing our lives

Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh: The female designer fixing our lives

25 April 2018

Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh is the Irish mastermind behind Sugru – ‘the most exciting product since Sellotape’. Over a cup of tea in her company’s HQ in Hackney, east London, she shares her thoughts on reimagining education systems,...

Rachel Skinner: ‘Best Woman Civil Engineer’ awardee 2017

Rachel Skinner: ‘Best Woman Civil Engineer’ awardee 2017

9 March 2018

Chartered civil engineer Rachel Skinner was named both the ‘Most Distinguished Winner’ and ‘Best Woman Civil Engineer’ at the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards 2017. Rachel is due to become the youngest...

Sarah Weir OBE: Design Council's first female CEO

Sarah Weir OBE: Design Council's first female CEO

6 February 2018

Sarah Weir OBE is the Design Council Chief Executive, the first woman in our history to be appointed to the position. During a career spanning the public, private and third sectors, Sarah started out as a broker at Lloyd’s of...

Jo Arscott: Britain's first black female Creative Director

Jo Arscott: Britain's first black female Creative Director

31 January 2018

Globally experienced, award-winning and hugely creative, Jo Arscott has worked with and represented billion-dollar brands such as Coca-Cola and Proctor & Gamble across the UK, North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Her career...