Women in Property "What would a city designed by women look like?" talk hosted by Chapman Taylor

On 20th April 2023, Chapman Taylor's Manchester studio hosted a talk on the topic of "What Would a City Designed by Women Look Like?" The Women in Property (North West) Inclusion Series event explored the idea of how the built environment could be transformed if it were designed with a gender perspective.

The talk was led by an expert panel of female architects and designers who discussed how women's experiences and needs differ from men's and how this should be reflected in urban planning and design.

Chapman Taylor Director Rachel Rogerson welcomed attendees and set the scene for the event by discussing inclusive design and highlighting how poor design of the built environment can negatively impact women and vulnerable people.

Chapman Taylor's team comprising of Catalina Ionita (Architect), Evanthia Simitsi (Senior Architect), and Anna Loasby (Architectural Assistant), then discussed Manchester's city planning and how design can affect women differently depending on different life stages: as a 20-year-old woman experiencing the city through the lens of fun and nightlife, as a 30-year-old woman who seeks to start a family in the city, and as a 40-year-old woman, pre-menopause, seeking open greener spaces.

The event sparked interesting conversations on how a city designed by women could prioritise safety, accessibility, and inclusivity, making the environment more welcoming for everyone.

Overall, the talk was an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and promote the importance of gender diversity in the property and design industries. It highlighted the benefits of taking a more inclusive and diverse approach to urban planning and design and the need for more women to be involved in the industry.

If you are a woman who lives or works in Manchester, we invite you to complete our survey on your perceptions and experiences of the city. Join us in shaping a more inclusive and sustainable future for all: https://lnkd.in/ePdY86KE

Rachel Rogerson (BA (Hons), Dip Arch)

Director, UK

Rachel joined Chapman Taylor in Manchester in 2006 and became a Director in 2022. She is responsible for leading the UK Technical Group and coordinating ISO 14001 and 9001 in the Manchester studio.

She has over 20 years of experience, with a particular focus on leading the technical design delivery and design management of major projects in the UK and internationally across a number of sectors. Rachel was promoted to the UK Board in 2023.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Leisure / Retail / Higher Education / Specialist Fit Out / Design Delivery / Design Management

Evanthia Simitsi (BA(Hons) DipArch MArch)

Senior Architect, UK

Evanthia is a talented and passionate designer, particularly when it comes to hotels, modular construction and residential projects. She has a great understanding of designing to meet the evolving needs of major hotel brands, several with whom she has worked closely.

Evanthia brings a wealth of design experience across numerous sectors.

She is also a key member of our UK Hospitality BD Group.

Areas of expertise:

Hospitality / Leisure / Mixed-use / Residential

Catalina Ionita (BA(Hons) MArch ARB RIBA AFHEA)

Architect, UK

Catalina joined the Manchester studio in 2021 as an Architect supporting the Feasibility team. She brings a passion for successful placemaking to her work in the residential and mixed-use sectors.

She has experience working on a wide range of projects at all work stages, including large residential developments, masterplans, offices and listed building restorations.

Catalina is teaching Design Studio one day a week at Sheffield Hallam University, where she is also conducting PhD research, with a focus on art-centred place making. In 2020, she made RIBA’s Rising Stars shortlist for her project work and her research on ethics and sustainability in architecture. Most recently, Cat has become a committee member for Women in Property North West, with a strategic role as Inclusion Champion.

Areas of expertise:

Place making / Residential / Mixed-Use /Research

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