Jo Bacon is a nationally elected member of the RIBA Council. She is Managing Partner of Allies and Morrison and a practicing Architect leading the delivery of some of the practice’s most complex projects, often with demanding requirements. Earlier this year, she chaired the RIBA Gender Pay Working Group and is an active supporter of the UK’s Women in Architecture programme.

Her current projects include 100 Bishopsgate, a 40-storey office tower in the City of London due to complete this year. Her project leadership role has involved her having to travel to Shenyang to review the production of façade components. She headed our team on the BBC Media Village, an award-winning scheme with a complex user brief, which provided a new headquarters for the Corporation. She has delivered several projects at the University of Cambridge and worked on projects as diverse as the new British Embassy Dublin to masterplans in Regent Street and Victoria, London. In the 1990s, Jo used to live in China, lecturing at Hong Kong University and then working in Shanghai.

At the 2019 Beijing Design Forum, Jo will discuss her work as an advocate for women in architecture and the value of diversity in design. Under the title ‘Projects, People and Perspectives’, Jo will share examples of her work leading major building projects while managing one of the largest architectural practices in the UK, both the ups and downs. In particular, Jo will focus on the merits of inclusivity in architectural leadership roles, and how incorporating diverse perspectives in the design process enriches architectural outcomes.

  • 12:00-12:45