15 April 2013

Architecture academic selected for BBC Expert Women database

Harriet Harriss

Senior Lecturer in Architecture and MArchD Subject Coordinator Harriet Harriss was one of 60 women selected from over 2,500 applicants for the BBC Expert Women database project.

The database contains details of the women who have so far received training via BBC Academy Expert Women Days, a series of free events designed to address the lack of on-air female representation in certain subject areas.

Harriet commented, “The architecture profession is an area where women are significantly under represented, since only 15% of registered UK Architects are female. It is essential that the representation level of women within our profession should mirror that of the world we are designing for, if we are determined to insist that we serve the interests of all members of our society."

The BBC Expert Women YouTube channel features videos of successful Expert Women trainees presenting to camera on one of their specialist subjects. Originally filmed as audition tapes for one of the events, the short clips have now been compiled into an easily accessible database of female experts that is sorted into their broad subject areas.

For more information visit the BBC Website and BBC Expert Women YouTube Channel.