Associate Director: Architecture - Hamson Barron Smith
2018 has been a big year, I had my second daughter on new years day, was awarded Sustainability and Environmental Woman of the Year at the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards and opened a new Scottish branch for Hamson Barron Smith, in Edinburgh. While my most recently completed project, Carrowbreck Meadow, has continued to gain national award recognition, the most recent award being the UK Passivhaus Trust Award for Large Residential developments.
I have always had a strong interest in how sustainable practices can be incorporated into all aspects of architecture and design. I qualified as a Passivhaus Designer after completing the Camden Passivhaus in 2010. Two years of monitoring revealed that this is the most energy efficient detached dwelling ever monitored in the UK. As a strong proponent of the Soft Landings processes I have extensive experience in planning and co-ordination of Building Performance Monitoring and Evaluation projects.
I have lectured and been a guest critic at a number of architecture schools and have spoken at many conferences, including the International Passivhaus Conferences -Innsbruck, 2011, Leipzig 2015 and Vienna 2017. In 2013, I published PHPP Illustrated, A Designers Guide to the Passivhaus Planning Package and that February I was named one of the top 20 women leading the way in sustainable architecture in the first annual Architect’s Journal Footprint list and then in March I was listed in Building Magazine’s 50 Rising Stars, a selection of emerging talents that have been recognised by those at the very top of the industry.
In June 2015, I was awarded East of England Constructing Excellence Achiever of the Year and shortlisted for the National Award. Also in 2015 I sat on the judging panel for MIT’s Climate CoLab Sustainable Buildings Contest. This prestigious invitation provided an opportunity to discuss the role of sustainable design and Passivhaus with industry and academic experts across three continents.
“Just one in five designers in the UK are women, according to a 2018 research paper by the Design Museum.
With my two young girls at home, I hope I provide a positive and inspiring role model for women in this industry, who like me, are juggling the demands of family and professional life. I like to think that by the time my two daughters are starting their own professional lives we will live in society where there is no gender pay gap and the concept of the glass ceiling has been well and truly broken, but in the meantime I strongly believe in the importance of promoting inclusiveness and celebrating the inspiring women within our industry and see these events as an essential part of this agenda.
By becoming a more diverse, equal and inclusive industry we will access the full breadth and depth of the talent out there to the benefit of all.”