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Dr Ammar Azzouz  

Architect, Arup 

Dr Ammar Azzouz is an analyst at Programme and Project Management group at Arup, London. He studied architecture at Al-Baath University in Syria, before he moved to the UK to complete his PhD at the University of Bath. His work has been published by several platforms including the Independent, the New Statesman and the Architects’ Journal.

His Twitter handle: @Dr_Ammar_Azzouz  

Synopsis: The forgotten dimension of inclusion: LGBTQ+ in the project workplace 

Whilst many companies pay significant attention to inclusivity from gender perspective, much lesser efforts are directed towards fostering LGBTQ+ friendly workplace. Due to fears of discrimination, exclusion, and barriers to career progression, many members of the LGBTQ+ communities keep silent about their sexuality. In this presentation, I argue that companies can create more inclusive, hospitable and welcoming project workplace for LGBTQ+ staff through creating a safe space for all. I also shed light on the need for thinking about projects that are focused on the LGBTQ+ communities, and hence, I share with you a case study I have been co-leading on Queering Public Space.