Building the Future: the evolution of queer spaces

Kelly Canterford MRICS hosts the latest episode of the Modus podcast, in which we ask how important queer venues are for successive generations of LGBTQ+ people


  • Modus staff

20 February 2023

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The latest episode of Building the Future focuses on queer spaces, how they are used by LGBTQ+ people today and why they need to be preserved.

The podcast returns to an important topic covered last year by a Modus article on the crisis queer venues are facing. It is hosted by Kelly Canterford MRICS, founder of Tigrou Consulting and co-chair of Freehold, a networking group for LGBTQ+ people working in the built environment.

Joining Kelly for the discussion is Charlie Smith MRICS, a chartered surveyor with Cushman and Wakefield, Ed Welch, a graduate surveyor with CBRE and Grace Forster, a graduate surveyor with Savills. 

Among the topics covered are what a ‘queer space’ means, how the definition of such a space has changed from the late 1950s to now and whether these spaces are always as inclusive as they should be.

Listen and subscribe to the podcast using the links below.










Kelly Canterford headshot

Kelly Canterford MRICS (She/Her)

Kelly Canterford MRICS is a chartered surveyor and founder of Tigrou Consulting, as well as co-chair of Freehold – a networking group for LGBTQ+ people working in the built environment.

Charlie Smith headshot

Charlie Smith MRICS (They/Them)

Charlie Smith MRICS is a queer nonbinary person working as a chartered surveyor in the Data Centre Advisory team at Cushman & Wakefield.

Grace foster headshot

Grace Forster (She/Her)

Grace Forster (she/her) is a graduate surveyor at Savills, specialising in development and valuations.

Ed Welch headshot

Ed Welch (He/Him)

Ed Welch is a graduate surveyor in CBRE’s Cross Border Retail team covering EMEA region.


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