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Champions of Change

The Male Champions of Change (MCC) strategy is a global coalition of men advocating for gender equality. The first MCC peer group began in 2010 with new groups forming across different organisations, sectors and geographies every year, including architecture. 

The Architects Male Champions of Change mission is to step up beside women in architecture to achieve a significant and sustainable increase of women in leadership for the profession. Directors from nine large architectural firms have committed to advance gender equity in their practice and will continue to advocate for change in the architectural profession and industry.

The Architects Male Champions of Change Group was established in March 2015 and has undertaken a successful program of work designed to proactively achieve a significant and sustainable increase of women in leadership roles in the architectural profession. 

Current Architects Male Champions of Change

• Joe Agius, COX

• Simon Parsons, PTW 

• Shaun Carter, Carter Williamson

• Adam Haddow, SJB Architects

• Brian Clohessy, BVN

• Philip Vivian, Bates Smart

• Gerard Cocoran, HASSELL

• John Prentice, Woods Bagot                  

• Paul Brace, CRONE

 

Program outcomes

The Architects Male Champions of Change 2015-17 Progress Report details the Champions' objectives and achievements.  From their research, the group has developed a suite of guidelines for sharing with the wider profession to assist other practices in improving gender equity. These include:

All Roles Flex 1: Implementation Guideline

An implementation guide for practices to assist with working through common issues when developing a bespoke approach to flexibility

All Roles Flex 2 – All Roles Flex Template

A sample flexibility template to short-cut developing a bespoke approach to flexibility

Authentic Engagement

Authentic Engagement is a practical approach to develop meaningful networks and build the profile of employees at every stage of their career

Leadership Shadow

A summary of the Male Champions of Change and Chief Executive Women 360 leadership review process which aims to build leadership awareness of the role they play and the impact they have on gender diversity

Looking ahead

2019 will see Architects Male Champions of Change working on further initiatives that they hope to share with the wider profession – most notably development of a charter/code of conduct to drive respectful workplace behaviours aligned to MCC principles in conjunction with building and property development industry stakeholders.

Find out more

Watch the video introduction to the Architects Male Champions of Change