Women in Architecture
Spotlight on Design
"I decided I wanted to be an architect at age 10. I had the chance to tour Europe and spend some time in Chicago, where my mother took me to visit Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and Bucky Fuller. It made me excited about architecture.
My science class at that time had a very clever sort of Tom Sawyer-strategy to seduce good students to do more. If you earned A’s on the tests, you didn’t have to attend class. Instead you had to do a special independent study project on a topic related to what we were studying. All of my projects were about architecture, including designing a school from the perspective of acoustics, lighting and sight lines, and designing an inflatable moon station."
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In Their Own Words: Women in Architecture Share How they #EmbraceEquity
In celebration of the #EmbraceEquity theme for International Women's Day 2023, women across our firm – from lab planners to designers, managing principals, and more — reflect on how they embrace equity in their roles, form equitable design teams, and design equitable built environments.
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Spotlight on Management
"The women in leadership roles at HDR are confident, fearless and inspiring – but above all, they are welcoming and eager to help each other realize the full potential of the talent and contributions that our female employees bring to the firm. When I talk to candidates interested in joining our architecture practice, I reinforce the opportunities they will have to learn and grow. Sometimes, women think they need to come to a position with all the boxes checked. At HDR, we’ll give you the tools and guidance to thrive in your new role."
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Spotlight on Business Development
"I am very proud of the China program ... Our facilities help more than half of the population in the world get better healthcare. I have also made a lot of good friends with my clients and coworkers. We exchange ideas and inspire each other, and those friends refer me to other projects. It's very satisfying to know that people trust me and would work day and night for me."
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Spotlight on Industry Experts
"I find there is no daily or even weekly or monthly balance. I think the idea of balance gives false hope that you can do a little of everything. Life comes with choices, and those choices must be looked at across time.
I see my work and my personal time outside of work as fully integrated parts of my life. I aim to be as fully present as I can wherever I am, which takes a lot of self-reminders all day long. I find it is not possible to keep all work at work or all home at home, but I do work very hard to stay focused on the task at hand."