Grimshaw has won the inaugural Diversity Award "Making a Difference" at this year’s Building Awards, announced earlier this week.
The award recognises our ambition to recruit and retain the widest possible mix of voices and experiences, and our holistic approach to ensure that everybody within the practice can contribute towards our inclusive culture. It also acknowledges the impact of the eight diversity principles we established in 2016, which are continually measured and reviewed to drive year-on-year improvements.
The award judges commented that "building a set of principles to challenge barriers to progression has allowed Grimshaw to improve gender equality and have a more inclusive and multi-racial perspective."
Last month we became a founding signatory of the RIBA's Inclusion Charter to pledge our support for a more inclusive profession.
Kirsten Lees →, Managing Partner for London said: “At Grimshaw, as architects and designers we recognise that the strength of our work is due to the quality of our people. We know how important it is that we recruit and retain the widest possible mix of voices and experiences that reflect the diversity of our society and the communities that use and experience our designs. Our 2016 diversity plan has been successful in implementing meaningful change within the practice and as a founding signatory on the RIBA Inclusion Charter we pledge to continue to build on this and support the wider industry to address existing challenges and inequalities.”