Photography by Wildkinds Studio
2023 International Women’s Day QLD was a significant event organised by QEDIC and the Queensland Chapter of the Institute.
The event received positive feedback from attendees and presenters. The diverse and insightful presentations addressed the conditions that profoundly impact the female career path in the architecture profession.
Just a few examples of feedback sent to the presenters:
“Congratulations to you all on a wonderful event! All of your talks really moved me. They were from the heart and authentically all you! Thank you! It was wonderful to spend a moment connecting, recalibrating and contemplating what is important in life – Spiciness and Self-care!!” Liza Neil, Principal Architect, Specialist Assessment, Moreton Bay Regional Council
“Just wanted to congratulate each of you for a fantastic morning event! Katerina, we couldn’t ask for a better MC! You did great! Caroline and Anna, learning more about your backgrounds and listening to your stories was inspiring. You did amazingly, so graceful, eloquent and adding bits of humour. Thank you for doing it and playing an essential part in another successful event.
I hope we take these conversations further and continue raising our voices towards a better future for us and the coming generations, ” Paola Incer, Senior Project Co-ordinator, Conrad Gargett
The engaging discussion raises some critical issues relevant to gender equality that AIA should address as a membership organisation. It also facilitated a dialogue between generations of female architects through sharing the worth and best practice examples.
At the end of the event, the attendees filled out the cards, making a statement, “I will help forge women’s equality by ……. “. The provided statements denoted the importance of taking action towards
- advocating for equity and inclusion in the workplaces
- leading by examples in personal and professional life
- developing and implementing working policies that ensure gender equality, support for the professionals with young children and wellbeing
- mentoring young female architects and skilled emigrants to get into and through professional registration
- promoting respect for female professionals from the different cultural backgrounds
- promoting and demonstrating empathy for colleagues, clients and contractors
- fostering empathy in children through examples and even
- creating a new typology of home that better suit tor single women.
The most significant statement could guide the planning and implementation of practical steps in reinforcing the QEDIC leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within the architecture profession.
The valuable door prizes provided by our sponsors, Alspec and Taubmans, delighted the lucky recipients.
The event’s photo gallery perfectly captured the atmosphere of joy, membership and engagement.