Melbourne architect Jennifer Rodezno has been appointed Senior Associate at Clarke Hopkins Clarke after less than two years at the firm.

Rodezno joined the Melbourne-based practice in early 2015 and postulates that her rapid rise through the CHC ranks signals a changing landscape for females in the profession. 

She has over 20 years of experience in the architecture industry and has a passion for community-based architecture which CHC says has shaped her architectural career and provides the foundation for the collaborative approach she brings to her work.

On the subject of gender balance in the property and development industry, Rodezno believes the times are changing for females in architecture, where post-modern perspectives to its practice have led to the emergence of women as contributors and leaders in what has traditionally been a male represented industry.

Having been mainly mentored by males throughout her career since there weren’t many women in management positions, she says it’s now more common to see successful women in management roles. This shift in the management of the industry encourages greater balance with family life.

Observing that the promotion of women to management positions is becoming more prevalent due to the supportive and stable work environment being adopted by successful businesses, Rodezno added that remote access systems and solid communications platforms allow the opportunity for all employees to work from home and continue to remain productive and engaged.

Rodezno says she's excited to be promoted and enjoys working at CHC. 

Rodezno is currently involved in a major project where CHC are the lead design consultants in the Learning Communities Victoria (LCV) consortium for the Victorian Public Private Partnership (PPP) School Project. The firm’s education team is working on the planning and design of 16 new government schools across a number of metropolitan and regional communities in Victoria.