Podcast – 15: Power, Racism & Systemic change in Architecture w/ Charlie Edmonds

In this episode, I speak with Charlie Edmonds, co-founder of the Future Architects Front (FAF).

In the last year, the FAF and Charlie have been making waves in the field of Architecture raising massive awareness around the exploitation of architectural assistants in the UK. His campaign started as an Instagram poll and transformed into a national survey that was headed by the Architects’ Journal. As a result of his whistleblowing campaign and continual social media activism, the Architectural Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) initiated institutional and systematic changes to address the issues and mistreatment experienced by those at the bottom of the profession.

“Future Architects Front are an informal organisation of young architectural practitioners and students. We are a fully independent group and exist beyond the pressures and interests of architectural practice, education, and media. We operate in a number of different capacities, from research to activism to quasi-political campaigning. FAF was created and is run by Charlie Edmonds and Priti Mohandas, British designers and researchers. The pair met and began the work of FAF while conducting their Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Cambridge.”

Watch the episode on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCispmZXt3_g4h9o3XsqoqaA/videos

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