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The celebration of International Women’s Day is a reminder to all of us the importance of gender diversity in both life and the design process. There is no doubt that both performance and creativity improve with diverse thinking and partnering.
This is a fundamental of our global studio model as we espouse that we do not operate in singularity and the richness of our work is deliberately varied, contextual, and empathetic. If we are to behave as the Practice of the Future, we need to remove some of the deeply engrained biases (often, we are not even aware that they exist) and shift radically towards inclusiveness.
The stories captured below demonstrate a wide range of influence of the women in our practice and demonstrate the value of diversity.
Let us all take a moment on this day to reassess how we can better understand each other, our important differences and unleash our potential.
Nik Karalis, CEO
This International Women’s Day Woods Bagot has taken the time to celebrate what our women have achieved, while also recognising what needs to be done. An integral part of the diverse workforce we’re building and maintaining in order to best cater for the equally diverse communities we design for, the women of Wood Bagot have shared their thoughts in the article:
A design strategist, facilitator, planner and cultural producer with decades of international experience in design, engineering, media and advertising, Francesca Birks knows how to transform data into understanding.
Joining Woods Bagot as Global Insights Leader in 2020, Francesca identifies and synchronizes theories and design explorations from around the global studio and weaves them into research opportunities and thought leadership that help shape the future of design – sharing them generously to chart a better path forward.
In this piece, written on the eve of 2021, she draws on her twenty years of experience as a trained facilitator, researcher and design strategist to look at our current climate and consider a path to intelligent decisions.
Principal Rosina Di Maria uses her platform at Woods Bagot to drive industry change – actively promoting opportunities for the sustainable business growth, career development and economic participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the architectural, design and property industry through listening, action and collaboration.
Emerging or established, if you are a designer with an appetite for working on brilliantly complex, large-scale projects with space for technicality and a flair for intuitive spaces, then there is more than enough space to be made for you, and by you, in the Transport sector.
This letter has been collectively authored across the global studio.
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