BEST WOMAN ARCHITECT
Kate Murphy Partner, Foster + Partners
Hearing that I had been nominated for the Architect of the Year award filled me with immense pride and genuine excitement – just being part of the shortlist felt like a great achievement to me. Now, having been chosen as a winner from amongst this amazing group of inspirational women I am left deeply humbled. It has been an amazing experience to have met so many other women professionals from the industry who face similar challenges, and have overcome them to be where they are today. During the judging day, I was struck by the wealth of talent in the industry – all of us were there because we had excelled in our respective fields. Being a woman was almost a non-issue. For me, these awards are a recognition of the immense contribution women make to the
construction industry, which has traditionally been – and still is – male-dominated. While awards like these are signs that things are changing for the better, there still remains a long way to go. I would strongly advise all practices – big and small – to nominate their best women representatives in the future because it helps raise awareness, as well as allows the nominees to set an example for other young women aspiring to be part of the industry. The award is not just a personal achievement, because as we all know, building projects are always a team effort. I have received tremendous support from my colleagues at Foster + Partners throughout my time there, and in some ways, it is the excellent support structure at the practice that has allowed me to rise to where I am in the industry today. I hope this award can encourage more women to stay in the construction industry, which has provided me with some of the most intensely rewarding experiences of my life.
THE EUROPEAN WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING AWARDS >> MAY 2019
2019 WICE awards and summit summary.