We are delighted Sadie has won the inaugural ‘Female Architectural Leader of the Year’ at the Building Design awards on 1st May 2019.

Alongside her role as a Director of dRMM, Sadie’s involved in a number of advisory roles including Chair of the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two; National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) Commissioner and Chair of the NIC Design Group; Mayor’s design advocate for the Greater London Authority’s ‘Good Growth by Design’ agenda; non-executive director of the Major Project Association and most recently non-executive director of U+I to oversee delivery of their commitments to community engagement in PPP projects.

These roles coupled with her involvement in giving the next generation a more powerful voice through her professorship at the University of Westminster and the NIC’s Young Professionals Panel, were the reasons the judging panel selected Sadie as the inaugural winner of the award. They said that among an impressive field she had stood head and shoulders above the other contenders and that she had set a high bar for future years.

What’s impressive is how she is using her agency across lots of political and academic interests, balancing teaching and advocacy for the built environment at a political scale, not even Zaha Hadid would have been influencing politically like this.”

The award recognises Sadie’s work as an advocate raising awareness of the role architects play in creating a better quality built environment, making a real difference to the public perception of architecture and the place of women within the profession and being a positive role model for the industry.

Sadie commented: ‘I’m honoured to have won the award and be recognised for my role in championing the importance of good design at the highest political level. I believe it is incumbent on all of us within the profession to help deal with some of the big issues of the day. We need architects as problem solvers to be part of these conversations.

Elizabeth Hopkirk’s BD Online article ‘Why Sadie Morgan is a role model for us all’ she writes, “Some will question the value of a female-specific award in 2019… whether or not you agree, two things are indisputable. Sadie Morgan has set the bar high as the first winner. And she would have won had the award been open to everyone.”