The W Programme runs for 12 months from September - August, offering a blend of in-person events, digital events and editorial activity. Here you will find a list of the core events and activities with dates and details.

The 2021/2022 schedule is now complete. Information on the schedule for 2022/2023 is below, subject to change and additions:

12 October 2022 | Keynote Lecture & Networking

MICA Architects, 123 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JR | 17:00 - 19:30

We are delighted to announce that this year's Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Marsha Ramroop. Marsha is the former Director of Inclusion at the RIBA, and a former BBC Journalist and Inclusion & Communities Editor. 

Marsha was one of the first, of a growing global community, of independently certified practitioners and facilitators of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) in the world. She has actively sought out marginalised communities to work with them and been successful at opening the doors for them within the organisations she worked within. Marsha has also developed Inclusive training programmes and mentored people to help enter institutions they felt were closed off to them.

Driven to work in consultancy because of her desire to drive social change, Marsha is keen to address contemporary examples of equality, diversity and inclusion issues in the sector so we can all be more inclusive. 

Timings

18:00 - 18:30    Welcome

18:30 - 19:00    Keynote Lecture

19:00 - 19:30    Q&A

19:30 - 20:30    Drinks & Networking

10 November 2022 | A view from...outside the industry

Online | 09:30 - 10:15

You've spoken, and we have listened. In the interests of delivering some outside the industry perspectives on workplace culture and EDI initiatives, the W Programme has teamed up with Electrolux to showcase some examples of what international corporate organisations are doing to elevate under-represented voices and why it's important to them.

Escarlata Loncan is General Manager - Iberia at Electrolux and will be delivering a 30 minute presentation online, focusing on managing interdisciplinary workplace cultures and their own female mentorship initiative, amongst other things. This will be followed by a Q&A giving you the chance to ask some probing questions.

This event is free for W Partners and available to the wider AJ and AR audiences.

10 November 2022 | Survey Workshop Part 2: revisited

Online | 10:30 - 11:30

This 1-hour workshop unites representatives from all W Partner practices, revisiting the findings from our annual benchmarking survey and discussing what W Partner practices have implemented or changed as a result. What did these changes look like and what were the outcomes?

January 2023 | Speed Mentoring South

London venue TBC | 09:30 - 12:00

A collaboration between W Partner practices and students where applicable, with mentors and mentees being matched up for a morning of learning and career development. 

This mentoring session will take place in-person and will be facilitated by the Architects' Journal and Architectural Review.

February 2023 | Speed Mentoring Online

Virtual | 10:00 - 11:30

A collaboration between W Partner practices and students where applicable, with mentors and mentees being matched up for a morning of learning and career development.

This mentoring session will take place online because it's important to us that those can't make our in-person mentoring sessions are still able to access this benefit.  It will be facilitated by the Architects' Journal and Architectural Review.


1 March 2023 | W Awards Judging

Virtual | Full Day

Our judges unite with the editorial teams from the The Architectural Review and Architects' Journal to identify the most exemplary work by women and non-binary people in  architecture.

3 March 2023 | W Lunch

Battersea Arts Centre | 12:00 - 16:30

This year's awards lunch will feature talks from our winners of the Jane Drew and Ada Louise Huxtable Prizes. Winners of the Moira Gemmill and MJ Long Prizes will be announced on the day.

All W Partners and Sponsors receive complementary tickets to attend, and can purchase additional at a reduced rate. Non-partners and sponsors are also welcome to book. 

Booking for this event is not yet live.

April 2023 | Speed Mentoring North

Venue TBC | 09:30 - 12:00

A collaboration between W Partner practices and students where applicable, with mentors and mentees being matched up for a morning of learning and career development.

This mentoring session will take place in-person and for the first time in the history of the W Programme, will take place in a city in the north of the UK.  It will be facilitated by the Architects' Journal and Architectural Review.

May 2023 | Survey Workshop Part 1: The Results

Online| 10:00 - 11:00

This 1-hour workshop unites representatives from all W Partner practices, giving an exclusive first view of the findings from our annual benchmarking survey.

The goal of this workshop is to focus on suggestions and solutions that practices can put in place to address some of the issues raised by the survey, to create a better and healthier working environment for everyone in architecture. The AJ and AR have been working with Jules Allen on the analysis of the results and the top-line findings will be presented that identify some key themes, with a virtual roundtable discussion to follow.

Previous themes have included office environment, working from home, mental and physical health, EDI, and work-life balance. The discussions will be chaired by a senior representative from the AJ/AR editorial team and a post event write-up will be available exclusively for the W Programme partners.

July 2023 | Summer Networking Event

Venue TBC | 17:30 - 19:30

The Summer Networking Event is an annual opportunity for W Partners, Sponsors and Supporters to come together informally and connect with peers and other industry voices over some refreshments.

1730 – 1800:  Welcome drinks and canapes

1800 – 1810:  Welcome speech from the AJ and AR

1810 – 1930:  Drinks and networking