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Doctoral researcher Sofie Pelsmakers named RIBA Role Model for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

4 June 2015


The Royal Institute of British Architects has launched its Equality, Diversity & Inclusion campaign in architecture and named UCL-Energy doctoral researcher Sofie Pelsmakers as one of their Role Models.

This campaign highlights the need for architecture to be an inclusive profession and features Sofie’s personal story about how she forged her career in architecture and the barriers she encountered.

Sofie is the co-founder of Architecture for Change, a not-for-profit environmental building organisation. Her current doctoral research in building energy demand reduction investigates how best to reduce the heat-loss of pre-1919 un-insulated suspended timber ground floors. Sofie is author of ‘The Environmental Design Pocketbook’. Sofie will be taking up a lectureship at Sheffield University from October 2015 and she will also lead the MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies. Read more on the Sheffield University website.

Read Sofie Pelsmakers blog: The case for diversity in architecture