Professor Ruth Reed isn’t a scientist. But she’s heavily involved with the the practical applications of scientific advances.
She’s an architect. An architect who was President of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2009-2010, the first woman to hold this prestigious post.
Not only is she an architect, a partner of a planning consultancy Green Planning Solutions, she’s also teaches architectural practice at Birmingham City University. And on a personal note, in 1997, she designed and constructed her own home.
Her areas of expertise include social mobility, planning and sustainability, and guidance on flooding and terrorism.
She is also among the first group of people to be involved with the New Optimists Forum.