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Top 5 episodes – Architecture Is Political


Top 5 episodes – Architecture Is Political

Spotted a podcast you want to try from a Pod Bible recommendation, but not sure how to dive in? In our regular Divine 5 columns we ask podcast hosts to share five of their favourite podcast episodes and tell us why they’re worth checking out for new listeners…

The Architecture is Political Podcast is a platform for black and brown folks to discuss architecture and the built environment. Creator and host, Melissa R Daniel, shares personal stories and interviews about how policy, the architecture profession & industry as well as land use affects minority populations. Here are five stand out episodes for you to check out:


Black In Architecture is a hashtag to amplify the voices of Black/Black British architectural professionals and students in the UK. It is also a black-led research initiative, proposing a new approach to achieving racial justice and ending structural racism and inequity in architecture. This is a start in defining the changes that we, as black people, want to demand in architecture and across the various dimensions of the profession – in education, practice, recruitment, professional memberships, regulatory bodies, media, events, to name a few. Listen now.

Muslim Women in Architecture

Muslim Women in Architecture (MWA) is a network and collective working to empower, inspire and celebrate Muslim women in the architecture and built environment industry. Tahin Khan, Zahra Mansoor and Rim Kalsoum formed MWA as it aims to provide a platform to not only support Muslim girls and women who want to pursue a career in the field, but to encourage an open discussion amongst those within the profession and outside.

Conversation with Sarah Akigbogun 

Sarah Akigbogun is a London-based architect, filmmaker and educator.  She is founding director at Studio Aki, Vice Chair of Women In Architecture, founder of the XXAOC Project, and a newly elected London member on RIBA Council.  In 2017 she directed the film She Draws : She Builds, which collates the voices of 15 female architects.  Sarah’s current film project, for which she has received support from Arts Council England,  tells the stories of Female Architects of Colour.  The film is part of the wider XXAOC research project which is intended as an online resource documenting female architects of colour past and present. Listen to this episode online at

Mental Floss Series: ArchiMoms/ArchiDads

The Mental Floss Series is a limited run series talking about the new normal life during the pandemic. Anta Miranda, AIA and Veronica Elizalde-Molina are both archimoms; Richard Lyew, AIA  of Studio Lyew and Nikolas Hill are both archidads; all balancing architecture and parenting under one roof.  The “new norm” includes alternating work/parenting schedules, sharing a co-working space in the dining room, zoom chats, project delivery and explaining the importance of social distancing to a four year old.


Getting political with G.P. Jacob (Jake Virden), host of Money Power Land Solidarity Podcast.  We discussed economic and urban development, politics, race, the working-class and the Upper Harbor Terminal Development, a project slated for North Minneapolis’ riverfront in the United States. Listen now.

Check out Architecture is Political on Spotify or Apple Podcasts and follow on Twitter!




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