A+W•NZ Highly Commended in the Hays NAWIC Awards 2015

7 May 2015

The A+W•NZ core team were very happy to receive a 'Highly Commended' placing in the Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards 2015, in the Helen Tippett Award category. 

A+W•NZ core team members Megan Rule, Lynda Simmons, Julie Wilson and Elisapeta Heta accepted the award at the awards ceremony, held in Christchurch on 7 May 2015.

From Left: Julie Wilson, Lynda Simmons, Gina Jones (NAWIC), Megan Rule, Elisapeta Heta.

The Helen Tippett Award aligns with the aims and beliefs of A+W•NZ;  'This category celebrates achievements in advancing and furthering the interests of women in the construction industry - those who actively promote the participation of women in the construction industry and encourage their progression.  It is open to any organisation, company, partnership, firm or individual operating in New Zealand.' (from the nawic.org.nz website)


'A core group of women architects and educationalists who have put in place a network to support women architectural practitioners, who are “often invisible, and get swallowed up by [architectural] firms”. A+W NZ started with an exhibition in 2011, and has quickly grown into a flexible and fluid organisation that boasts 550 members.

A+W•NZ’s strength in putting on events culminated in a successful awards program being launched in 2014, with mentorship programs planned from mid 2015. Counterbalancing the event activity is a strong research capability. As one referee commented, “they have done a fantastic thing”.'

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