The moral and business case for diversity and inclusion is stronger than ever, with research proving the positive effect on employee wellbeing, creativity and innovation; all these things lead to better design. Five years ago Isthmus recognised that we needed do more — women made up over 40% of our team and were well represented in terms of design leadership, but there were no women on the Board or the management team.
Since then our studio doubled in size. Today we have 90 staff — urban designers, architects, accountants, graphic designers, IT experts, landscape architects, project managers and artists — in three studios, all working together as one team. We have more women in leadership positions, are much closer to achieving gender balance and we are more diverse in terms of age, ethnicity, relationship status, religion and sexuality. In addition, we better support neurodiversity.