Architecture plays a key role in social cohesion, and the solution of rebuilding war-torn areas like Syria using the principles of inclusiveness exemplifies the unique problem-solving our industry can offer when more voices, female and otherwise, are added to the conversation.
Lisa Bate is the Regional Managing Principal, North America of B+H Architects, a leading Canadian architectural, planning, interior design & landscape architectural global practice with offices in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Dubai. From 2012 to 2015, Lisa spent 3 ½ years as B+H’s Managing Principal, Shanghai and Executive Vice President, Asia. Lisa joined B+H in 2007 following B+H’s acquisition of the operations of Six Degrees Architecture and Design with practices in Canada and China where she held the position of President since 1991.
The business case is the impetus for corporations to act -- it only makes sense for the bottom line. But we shouldn't lose sight of the contributions that female leadership makes to other aspects of the public and private business sectors.
07/05/2016 05:00 EDT
Many traditionally male-dominated industries in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are implementing new policies and actively trying to attract women to the field. Finding a sustainable work-life balance as a professional woman is a struggle many face, regardless of industry. But the attitude towards women in architecture needs to shift to remove barriers to success, increase diversity in leadership and motivate the industry to design for a better future.
06/17/2016 06:49 EDT
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