Jude Barber Shortlisted for BD Leadership Award 2020!

Posted on July 29, 2020


Collective Architecture is delighted to announce that Jude Barber has been shortlisted for this year’s BD Leadership Award!

Jude Barber is an important founding member of Collective Architecture, and one of the country's leading architectural figures. She instigated the campaign ‘A New Chapter’ to seek reform for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and is a passionate champion for equality, people and placemaking.

Jude’s influence in promoting these views is evident everywhere, from her involvement as an RIAS Fellow, to teaching and lecturing at various Schools of Architecture across the UK and internationally. In 2019, Jude was invited by Parlour to talk in Australia on women’s participation in the built environment. In the same year she was invited to join the Place Commission, a team of experts in a variety of fields with a remit to create a better quality of place for the people of Glasgow.

She works tirelessly to achieve positive benchmarks which have pushed at the boundaries of the Architecture profession. There is no formula to the success of Jude's work; it is the result of her hard work and determined, engaging personality. Her unique combination of design ability and social awareness linked with her constant effort to pursue all forms of equality is evident in projects such as; The Empire Cafe, interrogating Scotland’s involvement in the Slave Trade, Voices of Experience; the on-going ‘Voices of Experience’ project that shines a spotlight on key female figures who have often been overlooked and ‘The Better Days’ solo exhibition, which called on politicians to recapture post-war optimism and put quality architecture and the built environment back at the heart of Scottish life.

In 2018 Jude won ‘Creative Industries Leader of the Year’ at the Scottish Women Awards, she is a member of ‘Architects for Change’, an RIBA Expert Advisory Group and is active in many campaigns to promote inclusion and diversity in architecture.

The ethos of Collective Architecture mirrors Jude’s inclusive approach, and individuals are encouraged to develop their own architecture leading to a richness of ideas and debate within our two studios. It is important to highlight Jude’s exceptional ability to work collaboratively and still produce unique and distinctive architecture. This is particularly evidenced in this series of extraordinary recent projects;

  • Granton Waterfront (2019-2020): Jude is a leading practitioner in the field of strategic planning in the UK. She led the Granton design team with Studio for New Realities to develop a Strategic Plan and Development Framework for City of Edinburgh Council and Partners.
  • Water Row Masterplan: (opposite the Glasgow Transport Museum and new public footbridge) Project Director for Glasgow’s most exciting upcoming regeneration site.
  • Glasgow Women’s Library: Project director for the superbly crafted library which was shortlisted for Art Fund ‘Museum of the Year’ 2018 and awarded the title ‘Recognised Collections of National Significance’ by Museum Galleries Scotland.
  • Collective on Calton Hill – Project director for this multi-award-winning project which won an RIAS Awards and was Shortlisted for the RIAS Andrew Doolan.

Jude is a talent who enriches architecture and the lives of those she works with and her role within Collective Architecture is never underestimated.