International Women’s Day – Bridge the Gap

Friday 8th March 2019 marks the 108th International Women’s Day. In a sector that is still largely male-dominated, the Royal Institute of British Architects uses this day to highlight the need for more diversity and encourage more women in to the industry. Women account for barely a fifth of UK architects, although these figures are higher than other sectors of the construction industry such as Engineering.

Rima Yousif, Regional Director at WBA and Catherine Blain, Associate Architect are both members of Women in Property, a national organisation that seeks to enhance the profile of women in a male dominated sector. On 19th March 2019 Watson Batty Architects in association with the Women in Property will lead a building visit and presentation for the Sheffield Hallam University’s Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre, named after the female British Engineer, Mathematician and Inventor, Sarah Hertha Ayrton. As Lead Architect on the STEM Centre, Rima will present the design concept for the project which was focused on creating a high-quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) building to encourage more women to take up those courses.

An honour to have worked on, the iconic STEM Centre is one of a number of high-quality architecture and interior designs we have produced as a practice in which the team were led by female architects.

Watson Batty Architects have offered work experience placements for over twenty years, taking on average five students a year. From year 10 upwards and across a range of schools, colleges and sixth forms we offer a one week, tailored program, ideal for an introduction into the industry. More recently we have seen a significant development in the students applying, with over 90% of them female, a positive development and one which we will continue to support and encourage; greater diversity will improve the sector in the UK as a whole.

If you are interested in undertaking a week’s work experience in a busy architectural practice, please feel free to get in contact with us. We get very busy through the summer months so booking well in advance is recommended.