Past IWD Scholarship Winners

2018

Dr Phillippa Carnemolla        

NAWIC is delighted to announce the 2018 NAWIC International Women's Day Scholarship has been awarded to industrial designer, researcher  and design educator, Dr Philippa Carnemolla. 
 
Phillippa's research will examine at high school girls’ opinions and perceptions of the construction industry and trades. It will also investigate their parents’ perceptions to understand the role they play in girls’ career choices. Recommendations from the research results will enable NAWIC, and broader construction networks, to better engage with school-aged girls and communicate the potential for a construction career for women.
 

2017

Sara Prendergast

NAWIC is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 International Women's Day Scholarship is Sara Prendergast.

Sara will research the ways in which companies can build an operational workforce to open pathways for women to have greater representation in the construction industry with a particular focus on civil construction. Sara’s final report will be available for International Women’s Day 2018. 

Download full report here

2016

Natalie Galea

RIGID, NARROW AND INFORMAL: Shifting the gender imbalance in construction

The construction industry is Australia’s third largest employer and a central economic player in the Australian economy. Despite this, construction remains unyielding as Australia’s most male dominated industry.

NAWIC and leading construction companies recognise that by maintaining the gender status quo in construction, the industry is denying itself of valuable talent and undermining its existing workforce.

To date, initiatives aimed at shifting constructions gender imbalance have been generic in approach and focused on women and individual agency. This report finds that:

  • Rigid work practices, narrow career pathways and informal talent management operate across the career landscape in construction to undermine women’s participation and success in the sector.

  • The same practices also couple to undermine the enjoyment, health, and wellbeing of all construction professionals – men and women. 

  • An acceptance of sexism exists in construction that undermines women’s enjoyment, success and attraction.

The construction industry needs to change to attract women and maintain good talent.

  • Existing construction practices need to be analysed and challenged and leaders need to take ownership of gender diversity.

  • Construction projects need to be planned, resourced and managed with employee wellbeing in mind.

  • No tolerance to sexism must be adopted by all bodies operating in construction – clients, industry bodies, contractors, union and workforce.

Download full report here

2014

Michaela Sheahan

Melbourne-based researcher, Michaela Sheahan, was awarded the 2014 NAWIC IWD Scholarship.  Her report which won her the award WalkTalkWork, was very insightful. Ms Sheahan’s research will investigate “Care, Connectivity, Collaboration: Urban design for interaction in hospital precincts – an international perspective.” The judges were impressed with the scope of Ms Sheahan’s research, which intends to examine how leading hospital precincts in the world are designing connections within and between institutions to enable collaboration, innovation and activity. 

2013

Rana Abboud

Sydney-based architect Rana Abboud, was awarded the scholarship to investigate how architects can apply Augmented Reality to facilitate better design, construction and maintenance.
“The scholarship has allowed me to meet with cutting-edge researchers globally, and connect with industry professionals in Australia who share an interest in Augmented Reality. Through it, I have gained new contacts, new ideas, and new experiences that will feed back into my future work. The scholarship has increased my profile within my practice, and allowed me to pursue a research interest that would otherwise have proven difficult,” Rana says.

Architecture in an Age of Augmented Reality: AR’s Affordances for Design Visualisation, Construction Supervision and Post-Completion Maintenance

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2012

Laila Mehrpour

Laila Mehrpour, Development Manager at Lend Lease, undertook research on the viability of high density urban planning for Sydney, and whether the ‘Copenhagenisation’ of Sydney was a feasible part of the city’s development future.

Download The Great Australian Dream: Density and Aspirations in Sydney: A global assessment of the relevance of aspirations in influencing spatial planning in cities.

2011

Natalie Myatt

Regional Asset Manager at Stockland, Natalie Myatt aimed to provide the Australian construction industry with a set of guidelines to help implement social sustainability policies.

The Challenge: Linking Social Sustainability and Financial Value

2010

Melonie Bayl-Smith

Sydney architect Melonie Bayl-Smith investigated whether changes in foundational and continuing education in building technologies has resulted in distinct disparities between learning opportunities offered by architectural schools across Australia.

Download BuildAbility: the future of construction education

2009

Ruth Kestermann

Ruth Kestermann, Senior Consultant at ARUP, aimed to generate ideas on how the industry can improve both the physical and social sustainability of new affordable housing developments.  

Download The Sustainability of Affordable Housing in Australia –Lessons Learnt from Studies in Brazil

2009

Fiona Shewring

Painter and decorator Fiona Shewring travelled to the United States to conduct research into the avenues and support mechanisms for women to enter non-traditional trades.

Download The Future's Rosie: Initiatives and Pathways for Tradeswomen in the United States of America - an Australian Perspective

 

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