• Eleni Kyriacou

BARTLETT WHISTLEBLOWING | HOWLETT BROWN REPORT RELEASE & IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH

On the 9th of June 2022 Howlett Brown released the much-anticipated report which concluded their 6 month investigation into decades of misconduct at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Please see the report here:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/sites/bartlett/files/the_bartlett_school_of_architecture_environmental_investigation_report_june_2022p_6.pdf.


On its publication UCL released a formal apology online:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2022/jun/ucl-apologises-and-takes-action-following-investigation-bartlett-school-architecture.


Please see excerpts from the report below:

Simultaneously UCL emailed all its Bartlett alumni and personally apologised to them all. The report was shocking and included countless serious allegations against many staff members spanning decades. However, the report concluded that there were a small number of long-standing staff members who were the most serious perpetrators of misconduct, perpetuating toxicity, and unacceptable behaviour in the school. The report outlined a series of recommendations for UCL to follow which included further investigating specific staff members and reforming much of the school’s teaching methods. UCL had committed prior to the investigation to following all the recommendations it would receive. UCL immediately announced it would be suspending staff members for which further investigation would follow.


The following day both the ARB and the RIBA released formal statements:


https://arb.org.uk/arb-statement-on-the-environmental-investigation-at-the-bartlett-school-of-architecture/


https://www.architecture.com/knowledge-and-resources/knowledge-landing-page/riba-responds-to-investigation-into-bartlett-school-of-architecture


On the 14th of June the UCL students’ union also released a public statement:


https://studentsunionucl.org/index.php/articles/our-response-to-howlett-brown-investigation-into-bsa


In the days that followed the Bartlett’s Wikipedia page underwent a series of edits relating to the report:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bartlett#Racism,_sexism_and_bullying


In the 24 hour aftermath of the report’s release a wave of press coverage transpired in the British mainstream media. The story was reported on the BBC evening news and on ITV. It was reported by the Guardian, the Independent and the Daily Mail. In the weeks that followed architectural publications such as Dezeen, Archtitect’s Journal and Building Design began to cover the report and its aftermath with numerous stories. The story was picked up internationally and appeared in the Greek press too. As had happened a year earlier there was also a strong reaction on social media, with discussions and podcasts being sparked on Twitter and Instagram. Here are some highlights of coverage in June below:


GUARDIAN | https://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/jun/09/ucl-apologises-for-bullying-and-sexual-misconduct-at-architecture-school


BBC | https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-61759083


ITV | https://www.itv.com/news/london/2022-06-10/ucl-architecture-school-apologises-for-bullying-and-harassment


DAILY MAIL | https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10903733/UCL-architecture-school-apologises-bullying-harassment.html


INDEPENDENT | https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ucl-university-college-london-anthony-smith-survey-chinese-b2098192.html


TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION | https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/ucl-architecture-school-staff-suspended-over-toxic-environment


ARCHITECT'S JOURNAL | https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/opinion/the-bartletts-issue-was-the-biggest-open-secret-in-architecture-and-we-all-did-nothing


LIFO | https://www.lifo.gr/now/entertainment/ekfobismos-sexoyaliki-parenohlisi-kai-ratsismos-se-mia-apo-tis-pio-diasimes


DEZEEN | https://www.dezeen.com/2022/06/17/bartlett-whistleblower-eleni-kyriacou-interview/


THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER | https://archinect.com/news/article/150315277/staffing-shortages-lead-to-a-suspension-of-summer-school-activities-at-the-bartlett


OPEN CITY PODCAST | https://uk-podcasts.co.uk/podcast/the-open-city-podcast/five-years-on-from-grenfell-with-pooja-agrawal




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