My RIBA Achievements
I have been Chair of the Small Practice Committee, plus 6 years on Council and the Board as a trustee and Vice President Practice and Profession 2007 to 2013. I am the RIBA Equality and Diversity Champion from 2013
Small practice support
10 years of Guerrilla Tactics conferences on small practice business skills. Toolkits for members dealing with recession, fees, and setting up in practice
Large Practice Support
Set up Large Practice Group wide range of seminars including ‘What Buildings Cost’ cross industry conference and the Future Leaders training Programmes.
Equality and Diversity
Architects for Change, the RIBA’s equality & diversity group was brought into the mainstream and established the role of RIBA Equality & Diversity Champion
New Groups Established
- Construction Strategy Group to collaborate with industry partners
- Regulations & Standards Group to ensure RIBA’s input to new regulations
- Competitions Review task group set up in 2013
- RIBA for Clients Group set up in 2013
- Procurement Strategy Group for Angela Brady’s presidential initiative
‘Letters from the Front Line’ emailed out directly to members on current issues to elicit views and seek evidence on key current policy matters On my watch many changes have been made to improve the working lives of all members.
QE Girls Grammar School Barnet. First girl there to study architecture. Studied and qualified at The Bartlett, UCL.
Year out: 6 months as site engineer for G E Wallis in year out learning how to swear at architects, and 6 months with J S Bonnington St Albans. After part 2 a year in medium sized practice in Edinburgh, learning to drink nippy sweeties.
A year at Halcrow, elected by 4000 architects worldwide (at 23) as their rep on in-house union, and then a year with a one man band to pass Part 3 and set up in practice about five minutes later.
Practiced in Grantham, Leicestershire, West London and Amersham.
Jane Duncan Architects opened in 1992 in Amersham, now a practice of 17.
Married Ian after Dip year and moved to Edinburgh; lived in a tenement flat adjacent to brewery where Ian learned to organise a good ‘piss-up’. Moved to Amersham with two very young kids in the nineties. Ian became practice manager and company secretary five years ago
Chaired local revitalisation groups for 15 years, and spearhead an ongoing Vision for Amersham. I give careers advice to the local schools, and mentor pupils applying for architecture schools
Built a Hempcrete eco house for the family five years ago (finalist Grand Design Awards) a great party house
Acted in theatre groups all m y life, then wrote and directed pantomimes at college, for parents of PTA to raise money for kids school, and more recently to raise money for local charities.
Real love in life (apart from family, parties and architecture) is dancing; was introduced to salsa 12 years ago - hooked ever since – opened and ran local salsa club for many years.