Guest Lecture Series: Neil Pinder

Neil Pinder


You have the power.

Date: Thursday 12th November 2020, 18:00 GMT (online)

Zoom Meeting ID: 984 3453 6937

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An ASOC LSA collaboration

Activist and educator Neil Pinder is coming to the University of Liverpool to discuss the powerful role students of architecture can play in inclusion. Neil’s latest venture is Homegrown Plus, an agency championing aspiring architects who may otherwise face barriers to the architectural profession. He has managed to inspire a new generation of designers from working-class, black, Asian and minority ethnic families, receiving national recognition for his work.

Could you be inspiring others? What role can you play in increasing inclusivity and diversity in architecture? For diversity to increase in creative industries, we need to act now; the power is in your hands. Networking, specifically online, is especially vital during these times. We need to empower ourselves and others to share ideas, collaborate to break down existing barriers.

He will introduce ‘GLAM’ (Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Architecture and Me) – Architecture, Fashion, and Sustainability. This is a free online workshop in collaboration with the RIBA, Central St. Martins and other universities across the country, running 28th – 29th November. If you would like to register for the workshop please contact Neil at or search ‘Neil Pinder’ on LinkedIn to hear about more future workshops and networking events. 


Neil Pinder is the heart and mind behind the “HomeGrown Plus” operation He has taught in a number of inner city schools for over 25 years and has worked with London Open House for much of that time. He has been a trustee of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust for the past 15 years. He is currently Head of Product Design at Graveney School in south London, where he introduced architecture to the curriculum, winning various Open House competitions and being honoured as "Teacher of the Year". His work with Celebrating Architecture, started to recognise the work of Graveney students, has received national recognition. Guest speakers have included Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Professor Chris Wise and Wayne Hemingway. Some of the most prestigious national and international architectural practices (HOK, Populus) have been involved. Neil has been a guest speaker at RIBA events encouraging teachers to deliver architecture in the classroom; he is an Arkwright interviewer for a prestigious engineering scholarship at Imperial College and Cambridge University; he’s organised and coordinated a Brutalist photography exhibition in collaboration with the London festival of architecture and led architectural workshops at the RCA in collaboration with the Architectural Foundation and Urban Learners, supported by the Mayor of London.  

Further details about Niel can be found at