Category: Big interviews

Big Interview: Alyce Lysaght.

It’s no secret Māori and Pasifika are underrepresented in engineering. Despite being aware of this, it can be difficult to know where to learn more and help bridge this gap. And for Māori engineering students, it can be difficult to see how the values of te ao Māori can be integrated into the industry.

This month, Eloise Angus talks to Alyce Lysaght – an engineering student exploring these issues in a new podcast series, Māori in Engineering.

Big Interview: Strachan Group Architects.

This month, we talk to Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects 2020 Gold Medallist and Strachan Group Architects director Dave Strachan, alongside SGA team members architect Joanna Jack and architectural graduate Madumal Gunaratna.

The trio discusses what it’s like being a minority in architecture and what diversity brings to the SGA whānau and their clients.

Big Interview: Van Tang – part one.

This month, we chat with Van Tang, GHD’s General Manager for New Zealand and Pacific. In the first of a two-part chat with Sean Barker from the Diversity Agenda, Van discusses her journey into engineering as a refugee, the discovery of the ‘guilt phenomenon’ and why we still don’t have enough females in senior leadership.

“There is a place for you”: How Te Tiriti makes room for everyone in architecture and design.

In November Jade Kake and Desna Whanga-Schollum hosted an online seminar about how Te Tiriti o Waitangi can help built-environment professionals create a more equitable future in Aotearoa New Zealand. We’ve pulled out ten quotes that provide a quick guide to how Te Tiriti might be able to help you and your practice be more inclusive.

The power of the Pasifika lens.

In October we hosted an online panel discussion about the low number of Pasifika engineers and architects. The kōrero took place between five experts, who provided insight into their experience as Pasifika within the professions, challenges they’ve faced, the unique Pasifika perspective and what can be done so our professions are more inclusive and encouraging.

Big Interview: Dani Paxson – part two.

For this month’s Big Interview, Sean Barker chats with structural engineer Dani Paxson, Project Director from Holmes Consulting. In part two of this interview, Dani discusses her involvement in the Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Project, the importance of role models, and what organisations can do to help those in minority groups to excel.

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