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Celebrating Black Excellence in the Designed and Built Environment: Taking the Next Step

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Celebrating Black Excellence March 2021
Public lectures

An open-door forum to celebrate Black excellence in the Designed and Built Environment featuring prominent speakers from industry, current students, and graduates.

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Event details

Launched as part of Black History Month 365, this is the third “Celebrating Black Excellence in the Designed and Built Environment” event this year in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment (ADBE). The event forms part of a rolling programme.

Black colleagues from industry, graduates, postgraduate students, and friends of the School will discuss their professional experiences, sector challenges, and successes, sharing advice and encouragement with ADBE students and staff.

The event is open to all, especially those with an interest in topics relating to Black experiences. It will be held entirely online, beginning with short 10-15 minute presentations followed by a Q&A.


Guest speaker - Mac Muzvimwe, FRICS

Mac Muzvimwe

Mac is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Commercial Director at ARCADIS and South West Buildings Business Leadership Team member. He is also a member of the Arcadis UK Strand Engagement group focusing on equality, diversity and inclusion. Mac is also an RICS Certified BIM practitioner and works with various industry bodies to champion adoption of BIM. He is an avid golfer, and his 2021 target is to get more girls and kids from disadvantaged and ethnic minority backgrounds into the game.

Guest speaker - Nelly Twumasi-Mensah, MRICS

Nelly Twumasi-Mensah

Nelly is Faithful+Gould’s business projects and change lead, blending her project management expertise with her change management skills to deliver and embed valuable change for Faithful+Gould.

She has a background in Project Management, successfully delivering challenging construction projects and programmes in live client environments with complex stakeholder requirements and hierarchies.

Nelly is passionate about mentoring young people to enable them to reach their full potential and all things sci-fi.

Guest speaker - Daminabo Pokubo

Dominabo Pokubu

Daminabo is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment and Nottingham Business School, NTU. A PhD Researcher at NTU researching sustainable energy development for sub-Saharan African countries and a graduate of Anglia Ruskin University with a Master’s degree in Engineering Management.

Guest speaker - Tomi Jaiyeola

Tomi Jaiyeola

Akintomide (Tomi) graduated from NTU two years ago with a BSc Civil Engineering and recently graduated from NTU with an MSc in Civil Engineering. Since completing his BSc degree, he has been working in the construction industry for Jackson Civil Engineering on various Environmental Agency Schemes as a site engineer. Tomi says his time at NTU as really helped me to develop and progress my career in the right direction and he looks forward to speaking and hearing from you all.

Q&A with guests

Following the presentations, the speakers will be joined by Emefa Takyie and Sam Mamphey for a Q&A session.

Emefa Takyie

An intro from Emefa.

My name is Emefa Takyie, I am currently in my final year studying (BA) Architecture at De Montfort university. Over the course of my degree, I have come to understand architecture differently every day and have developed a passion for environmental design and global development through the built environment. I believe studying architecture has not just made me a designer, but also a lateral thinker in all sectors. I aiming to work in the field of sustainability in the built environment and develop avenues to innovate for sustainable cities and communities globally.

Sam Mamphey

Sam Mamphey

Sam Mamphey is a Lecturer in Quantity Surveying in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment. He is module leader for the Cost Planning and Estimating module and teaches on both BSc and MSc quantity surveying programmes.

Sam has experience and expertise in other areas including procurement, contract administration and contractual practice. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB), an Associate Member of the RICS and holds Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

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