DIT confers honorary doctorate on President of RIBA

05 November 2011: Dublin Institute of Technology today conferred the award of Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa, on Angela Brady, the newly installed President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The conferring took place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral at the DIT graduation ceremony for students of Architecture, Architectural Technology and Mechanical and Transport Engineering, and Dr. Brady was honoured for her outstanding contribution to architecture and to the profession. Dr. Brady is herself a graduate of architecture at DIT, and was warmly welcomed back to her alma mater by members of staff including Professor James Horan, Head of School, and by graduates who were conferred at the same ceremony.

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In the citation read by Dr. Mike Murphy , Director and Dean of the College of Engineering and Built Environment, Dr. Brady was described as ‘an architect; a campaigner for better design; a communicator; and an educator.’ Born and educated in Dublin, she graduated from the Dublin School of Architecture and then travelled to Denmark on a postgraduate scholarship and later worked in Toronto with renowned Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Twenty- five years ago, she and her husband Robert established Brady-Mallalieu, a design-led private practice in London. She is a founder member of “Architects for Change” – a forum set up within the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2000 to promote greater equality in the education and practice of architecture. The forum aims to encourage participation in architecture education that is based on ability and potential and reflects the economic and ethnic diversity of the society architects serve. She has also been a strong advocate for the progression of women in the profession, and was particularly delighted to be welcomed by several women from the academic staff of the Dublin School of Architecture, including Orna Mulcahy, Assistant Head of School.

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Last year, Angela Brady put herself forward as a candidate for President of RIBA. Her election slogan was “actions not words” and she argued, in light of the forthcoming Olympic Games taking place next year in London, that RIBA should have a strong president who could communicate the exceptional ability of British architects to design on a world stage – someone who could use that opportunity to talk about an Olympian spirit that lifts us from the ordinary to the extraordinary. She was duly elected and has started her two-year term of office.

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Taking time from a very hectic travel schedule, she arrived in Dublin for the conferring. Congratulating Dr. Brady on her election and on her conferring, Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, said “As we heard earlier, Angela Brady has made a very significant contribution both to the practice, and to the understanding, of architecture and the built environment. We are proud that as an Irish woman, and a DIT graduate, she has been elected by her peers as the President of the Royal Institute of Architects in Britain, and we are delighted that she joined us here today to accept this Award.”

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