Against the stunning backdrop of the city of London from the offices of our host DWF LLP on the 31st floor of the Walkie Talkie Building, Angela Brady OBE educated and entertained the London Young Leaders with her talk in the Global Leadership Series. Angela gave her top ten lessons for life and challenged the London Young Leaders to learn to campaign, promote equality, be leaders, meet new people, collaborate, be charitable, and to always be creative in their approach to life. It was a mesmerising talk and the audience was captivated by Angela’s success and how simple she made it seem. Many thanks to Angela and to our kind host DWF LLP.
Angela Brady OBE was awarded the Women of Outstanding Achievement Award For Leadership and Inspiration in 2012 the Order of the British Empire in 2015 and the Irish President’s Distinguished Services Award for architecture design in 2017.
Angela was educated at Dublin Institute of Technology School of Architecture. This was followed by an 18 month scholarship in Denmark and a year working in Toronto Canada. She qualified as a registered architect in 1984 from Westminster University who recently awarded her a doctor of letters and Lifetime Achievement award 2018. In 1987 she co-founded Brady Mallalieu Architects with Robin Mallalieu in London.
She is a TV personality in Ireland and the UK. She co wrote and co presented the landmark series for RTE “Designing Ireland” with Dr Sandra O’Connell in 2015, and previously worked on TV series with ITV and Channel 4. “Showing the public what architects do is very important, and TV is the best medium for doing that”, she explained.
She was elected president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2011-2013), the first non-British person and the second woman to hold the position. In 2000 she was a founder of the RIBA ‘Architects for Change’ group, which campaigns for greater involvement in architecture by women and ethnic minorities and the DiverseCity exhibition she curated went to 34 cities worldwide. As Brady has said, “One of the reasons I got voted in was because I was pushing diversity in our profession. “Women and men together make better architecture”. Brady set up a procurement task force to report on how the government could improve the way it awards public sector contracts. National Life Stories conducted 10 oral history interviews (C467/107) with Angela Brady in 2013-14 for its “Architects Lives” collection held by the British Library. She is currently promoting Irish Design and Craft in China to open doors and collaborate on design and exchange cultures.