BEST WOMAN ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST
Karyn Williams Senior Associate Technologist, Stride Treglown
I am beyond proud and honoured to have been recognised in this way alongside such fantastic role models within Construction & Engineering. Finding out I had been shortlisted was an incredible moment. To then find out I was only one of two finalists in our category was a total surprise! Winning the accolade of WICE Best Woman Architectural Technologist 2019 brings with it such a huge sense of achievement and I am delighted. Starting my career nearly 20 years ago, unsure of where I was heading or what the future held for me, seems like only yesterday. Our small team of four people were focussed on delivering high quality bespoke designs centred entirely around the people involved. This early passion for delivering good quality around a people-centric focus remains at the heart of everything I do today. It’s been quite a journey with the usual ups and downs along the way, but the rewards for me have always outweighed the challenges. I have experienced the fragility of the construction industry and shared in the successes it brings too, yet this journey is what builds your strength of character and humility along the way. My focus has consistently been about meeting the challenges you face head on and overcoming them collectively as one team.
I have been blessed and am incredibly grateful for the amount of support given to me by my colleagues, friends and family. They have consistently believed in me and always encouraged me to believe that anything is possible. I have also been incredibly lucky to have met and worked with some fantastically talented people over the years whose guidance has shaped me into the person I am today. Juggling a family and a full-time career hasn’t always been an easy balance to master. To have success in both you need to ensure you are able to invest 100% of your energy, attention and presence in that exact moment. Whether it’s making an Easter bonnet for a school performance or running a pre-contract meeting, ensuring your attention is valuable to those around you is essential. I’m delighted to see that there is now much more flexibility, pastoral support, open discussion and improved benefits for working parents today. This can only make combining a career and a family so much easier than it has been previously. I must acknowledge that any achievements I have experienced have been as a direct result of my husband’s unfailing love, support and patience. He’s been incredible, working hard in the background supporting our young family and always pushing me to overcome the impossible. My career wouldn’t have been as fulfilling if I hadn’t had someone to share the journey with. Architecture is such a fantastic career full of opportunity, creativity, quality and passion and I hope that the WICE awards inspire others to believe that you can have it all.
THE EUROPEAN WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING AWARDS >> MAY 2019
2019 WICE awards and summit summary.