President of the RIBA
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Angela Brady is an Irish born architect and has lived in London for over 25 years. In 2011 she was elected president of the UK's Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for a two-year term. She is a past chairperson of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) London Forum.
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Brady was educated at Dublin Institute of Technology's School of Architecture. This was followed by a short period working with Arthur Erickson in Toronto, Canada.
She qualified as an architect in 1984 and briefly worked for GMW Architects and SEH. In 1987 she co-founded Brady Mallalieu Architects with Robin Mallalieu in London.
She is a TV personality in Ireland and the UK, taking part in programmes broadcast on RTÉ, ITV and Channel 4. "Showing the public what architects do is a great opportunity, and TV is the best medium for doing that", she has explained.
Brady has been active in the RIBA and RIAI for many years. In 2000 she was a founder of the RIBA 'Architects for Change' group, which campaigns for greater involvement in architecture by women and ethnic minorities. She was elected president of RIBA in 2011, the first non British person and the second woman to hold the position. As Brady has said, "One of the reasons I got voted in was because I was the only person pushing diversity in our profession. We're only 18% women and I'd love it if we could push it to 40%". Brady immediately set up a task force to report on how the government could improve the way it awards public sector contracts. She also planned to improve engagement with politicians and to make the RIBA headquarters a 'cooler' place, including plans to open a new office in East London.
In 2012, Brady was awarded the Women of Outstanding Achievement Award For Leadership and Inspiration. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2015 and in 2017 she was awarded the Irish President's Distinguished Services Award for architecture design.