BAME in Property will support the LI’s efforts to address racism and injustice in the built and natural environment sectors
The Landscape Institute (LI) is pleased to announce a new partnership with BAME in Property.
The announcement follows the LI Jellicoe 2020 lecture, which explored the themes of diversity in landscape and placemaking, and at which BAME in Property founder Priya Shah delivered the keynote speech.
The Institute formed its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Forum in 2017 in response to recognised barriers many in the profession face due to issues of race, sex, sexuality, social mobility, and disability.
‘Since 2017, the Landscape Institute has been taking an intersectional approach to equity, diversity and inclusion for those working in our sector,’ said LI Chief Executive Dan Cook. ‘We know we have more to do, and we’re committed to taking new actions to address discrimination and past injustice.’
Earlier in 2020, the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement catalysed anti-racism across the world. It forced the LI to confront both the lack of racial diversity in the sector, and historic links between placemaking and racial injustice. The LI spoke to members from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and learned about some of the challenges they face in their working lives. We are now committed to forming new networks and fostering a profession that is more supportive and inclusive of BAME practitioners.
‘Working with organisations such as BAME in Property is crucial to this,’ Dan continued. ‘We can learn so much from their tireless support for practitioners from diverse backgrounds, and from their proactivity in driving the change we need to see across the built environment sector.’
‘I truly believe that diversity and the natural world come hand in hand. Just as you need a diverse ecosystem to enable vibrancy and survival, you need a diverse workforce to enable better innovation and outcomes.
‘BAME in Property’s partnership with the Landscape Institute couldn’t happen at a more important time. We need diverse solutions to come out of this pandemic, with nature and landscape at its core.’
Priya Shah, Founder, BAME in Property
About BAME in Property
Founded in December 2017, BAME in Property is an organisation for professionals who are passionate about increasing ethnic diversity in the property and planning sectors.
BAME in Property’s aim is to support talented people of all backgrounds, encourage new generations to pursue fulfilling careers, and inspire businesses to create a wave of positive change.