Building a Better Future for Women

The benefits of mentoring and the “science” of networking were hot topic when 150 women architects gathered at the home of Suzie Hunt in Swanbourne last month. As the first female president of the WA Chapter of the Institute of Architects, Ms Hunt said she was keen to empower women and tackle systemic discrimination in a profession where women dop out an alarming rate in their 30s and 40s. “I’ve been an architect for 30 years and in that time I’ve never been in a room with so many other women architect,” she said after the event. “{I found it overwhelming, but I am really pleased that this gathering has kickstarted an important conversation about the challenges facing women in our profession, and how we might address them.” Ms Hunt held the #WorkWomenWisdom event at her own home to create a comfortable environment for women to openly discuss their needs and opinions, though she’s aware that men will play a pivotal role in bringing about gender equity at work. For more information about future events for women architects, follow Suzanne Hunt Architect on LinkedIn.

First published in The Subiaco Post 041117 | Architects Brief with Suzie Hunt