The ARB is asking all registrants to take part in an equality and diversity survey covering ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and disability in the profession.
The Public Sector Equality Duty, which was established by the Equality Act 2010, requires public bodies to put equality at the heart of what they do, in terms of shaping policy, delivering services and in employing staff.
The ARB says it is conducting the survey because it is committed to understanding how its work impacts on the users of its services so that it can improve its policies and procedures to meet the needs of the people it serve. The survey will also provide it with more information about the demographic distribution of the Register of architects so it can track changes over time, and share that information with its stakeholders.
For the last two years all new admissions to the Register have been asked to answer equality and diversity questions. Whilst answering is voluntary, the ARB reports that over 2300 people provided the information requested. Now the ARB is asking all registrants who have not previously been asked for this information to take part in the survey.
Beatrice Fraenkel, ARB’s Chair said: ‘We are keen to urge all architects to respond to this equality and diversity survey. Information about registrants is fundamentally important to us and informs how we deliver on our statutory remit.’
The RIBA has issued a statement in support of the survey, saying: "The Royal Institute of British Architects believes that having a greater understanding of the profile of the profession will lead to improved accessibility for everyone. This survey compliments and supports the work the RIBA is doing to ensure that architecture is a diverse and inclusive profession that offers possibilities for a wide range of talented individuals, whatever their background."
To take part in the survey, email email@example.com or call the ARB on +44 (0) 20 7580 5861.
The ARB has produced a set of FAQs on this issue which is available at the following link http://www.arb.org.uk/equality-diversity.
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