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Public Apply chief wins AJ100 Contribution to the Career award


Agrawal gained the accolade after topping a ballot of AJ100 apply staff. Earlier winners embody Neil Pinder, Peter Barber, and Grafton Architects founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.

Agrawal co-founded Public Apply with Finn Williams in 2017 and took over as chief govt in June 2021. The social enterprise has thus far positioned 296 built-environment specialists in 78 native authorities across the nation. It lately acquired a £1 million authorities grant to trial the scheme throughout each native authority in England.

AJ editor Emily Sales space stated: ‘Pooja Agrawal has been recognised for her dedication to boosting constructed surroundings experience inside the public sector, and for her dedication to bettering the standard, equality and sustainability of locations.’

Agrawal got here to the UK when she was 16 after rising up in Mumbai, an expertise that she stated ‘made me who I’m – at coronary heart an urbanist’.

She certified as an architect in 2015 after finding out on the College of Cambridge and the Bartlett Faculty of Structure. In addition to her work at Public Apply, she labored within the Larger London Authority’s regeneration workforce for greater than 4 years. Previous to being appointed chief govt at Public Apply, she was assistant director of service technique at Houses England.

Agrawal is devoted to the general public sector because the path to setting and delivering the placemaking agenda, and describes herself as having ‘the privilege of being in a job the place I could make significant change on the bottom’.

She sees Public Apply’s mission as serving to to draw the proper individuals with the proper constructed surroundings expertise into the general public sector. The organisation’s motto is ‘Constructing the abilities native authorities want, to form the locations we deserve’.

Agrawal says she is ‘pushed by making locations which might be equitable and vibrant’ fairly than by the thought of constructing buildings. She feels there’s far more to be accomplished to lift the standard of on a regular basis, public locations – locations that belong to the various, not the few, and which might be ‘not only a instrument for gentrification’.

Agrawal would be the keynote speaker on the AJ100 gala dinner on Wednesday night time (21 June) held at Metropolis Central, HAC close to London’s Outdated Avenue.

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