Women in ADAM Architecture
The Women in ADAM Architecture group was formed in 2019. Its aim is to empower and support all women in the practice, responding to the challenges they face in a still male-dominated industry. The group aims to create a safe environment for a variety of topics to be discussed with in-house presenters or guest speakers. They investigate challenges faced by women in the workplace and aim to improve the working environment, as well as raising awareness across the practice. One of the initiatives of the group is the mentoring scheme.
The ADAM mentoring scheme is open to everyone at ADAM Architecture; the type of support received by each mentee is self-determined. For many of our staff, the mentorship scheme has provided an opportunity to build relationships with colleagues outside their project teams and enabled the sharing of resources and ideas.
ADAM Futures Group
The ADAM Futures Group is focused on harnessing the energy, interest, and emerging talent within the practice. The focus is to help individuals progress and develop their communication and analytical skills through team building, confidence in presentation, and independent thinking.
Sustainability Working Group
The Sustainability Working Group (SWG) is headed up by Dr Martina Pacifici, Sustainability Lead, and the Deputy Sustainability Lead, Hal Mellen. The purpose of the SWG is to disseminate knowledge throughout the practice and provide specialist expertise, while improving the environmental credentials of our projects.
The SWG members collaborate closely with the Sustainability Team across research tops or more operative tasks. The group is usually fixed at a total of nine members, but those who would like to be considered are always welcome to come forward. Each member of the group works within sub-groups focusing on specific objectives, such as the creation of a sustainable materials library, testing energy modelling software, and establishing a sustainability review process to be embedded into the design process. Four members of the group are certified Passivhaus Designers/Consultants, and one is BREEAM AP certified.
Historic Buildings Working Group
The Historic Building Group is a hub for all employees with an interest in historic buildings. The focus of the group is to promote our historic building work, and to provide support and comprehensive advice to anyone in the practice working on existing building fabric.
Chalk Talks and PechaKucha events
The Chalk Talks and PechaKuchas are alternating social events, with staff-led presentations covering a vast array of subjects. The Chalk Talks allow the speaker to cover a subject in detail. The PechaKuchas follow the established fast-paced storytelling format of 10 speakers presenting 20 slides of 20 seconds each. Both formats are engaging means of expressing ideas visually and have proved to be both popular and inspirational.