BDP’s commitment is to create an equitable, inclusive and diverse organisation where everyone has a sense of belonging, feels respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential. People are at the centre of our business and as such, we believe creating diverse and inclusive teams promotes creativity and innovative ways of responding to the needs of our clients and communities.
Our BDP Belonging network, which represents all areas of diversity and is steered by a group of employee representatives from across the practice, defines and drives forward our equity, inclusion and diversity agenda. BDP Belonging provide guidance and advice to the business related to strategy, policies, recruitment, education and training to ensure we achieve greater inclusivity and understanding across the practice.
When we design, we do so with the full range of human diversity in mind, enabling a complete spectrum of participation from all aspects of society and our own inclusive design consultancy Human Space specialises in accessibility, inclusion and wellness advice offering our clients a range of assessment, benchmarking, research and design services.
We also work together with a range of advocates, charities and organisations who are dedicated to promoting social mobility, equity and inclusion.
For over a decade, we have been fortunate to welcome young people into our studios through several key partnerships, providing them with meaningful placements and opportunities to experience a variety of professions.
For Black History Month 2022, BDP and our EDI network, BDP Belonging, are focusing on celebrating the present, taking opportunities to highlight incredible black design talent in our practice and beyond, whilst also creating space to discuss how we can shape the future of our industry to not only be more diverse but crucially more inclusive.
Holistic, inclusive design starts with initial sketches or drawings. In the built environment, the people used in illustrations are essential in communicating the narrative or story of the space being designed.
We’ve put together an Ideas Book of different design concepts taken from our global portfolio of multi-disciplinary services. We approach inclusivity from five different user journeys: physical, sensory, cognitive, identity and community.
The end of June marks the end of Pride month, and at BDP it was a month of education, discussions, and celebration of the lives, history, and culture of the LGBTQIA+ community.
To mark today’s International Women’s Day, our employee led EDI steering group, BDPBelonging, are holding a series of internal events and initiatives to celebrate women’s achievements, whilst raising awareness and taking action to forge a gender equal world.
It’s RaceEqualityWeek! So what better time to look at how our employee led EDI steering group, BDPBelonging, are delivering #ActionNotJustWords!
Human Space will use the Accessibility Standards Canada’s funding to create Heritage for All, a project that will research, propose and test new ideas aimed at developing accessible strategies for federally-owned heritage properties.