International Women's Day 2024: Inspiring Inclusion


Today is International Women’s Day and we are recognising in particular our female colleagues and those who paved the way for women working in architecture, here in Ireland and around the world.

Sheila Carney, Director, has been working with Scott Tallon Walker Architects since she graduated in 1987 and recognises the challenges women can face, but is hopeful about the progress that the sector has made:

“I have remained in this industry for so long, for several reasons. Firstly, I absolutely love the job that I do. I get enormous satisfaction from knowing that my work will have a positive influence on people – either as places to live, to work, to learn, or to heal. I enjoy meeting both clients and end users, and understanding how we can translate their vision and requirements into reality. Secondly, I love the many challenges – the construction industry has evolved extensively, and there are many facets to my job. Being a woman growing up in the Construction Industry, I always received great support from my peers and colleagues and as a result, I have always tried to pay that forward. I really enjoy mentoring young students and graduates and try to encourage more women to consider Architecture and the construction industry as a career.”

We recently sponsored the ‘Gender Equity in Built Environment Professions’ Conference, which took place on Friday 16th February in Dublin and which was attended by our colleagues Chinwe Kane, Rachel Dudley, and Ciara Egan. The conference focused on women’s participation in built environment professions with speakers from a wide range of backgrounds discussing the variety of factors contributing to a significant gender imbalance in the field, despite as many women as men qualifying with degrees in architecture in recent decades. Some of our colleagues in our Dublin office gathered to watch a screening of Dr Carole Pollard FRIAI’s talk given at the event to mark International Women’s Day today. You can watch the talks from the conference on Gender Equity in Irish Architecture’s website, here:


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