Positive actions toward gender equality

A commitment to improving gender equality in architecture is evident in BVN’s participation in the Architects Male Champions of Change Group.

This group has just released its first progress report through the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and whilst it includes measures of participation rates it also outlines initiatives to address gender inequality.

“Putting commitments into action is what counts,” according to Mr Brian Clohessy, Studio Director BVN and Architecture Group Champion.

He cited the commitment to support flexibility for all BVN people and noted how “a concerted effort has been made to ensure women returning to practice after parental leave or career breaks are given opportunities in projects which reflect their experience.”

Fitting these opportunities into a person’s available working days is also important, “as we need to ensure the role is possible within their working days to avoid them working extra hours or days and compromising their work/life balance,” said Mr Clohessy.

Pointing out how clear communication around role definition and expectations is a key to enabling an effective outcome, Mr Clohessy noted that “this is underpinned by the need for both parties to be flexible to ensure successful implementation.”

According to Mr Clohessy “already the benefits in seeing these very able women progress their careers with real job satisfaction is a significant leap forward for us, and hopefully for our industry.”

Whilst BVN has major projects being led by female Principals,  including the Northern Beaches Hospital headed by Abbie Galvin and the Australian National University redevelopment headed by Ninotschka Titchkosky, we look forward to this number increasing significantly in the next few years noted Mr. Clohessy.


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