The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) says the 2020 International Women’s Day (IWD) Scholarship has been awarded to Sarah Lawlor, registered senior architect at fjmt studio, for her research proposal ‘Is Climate Leadership in the Construction Industry ‘Women’s Business’? 

The $20,000 NAWIC IWD Scholarship has been awarded annually since 2009. Thanks to the support of long-term sponsor CULT, NAWIC has invested a total of $220,000 to aid research that improves, benefits and empowers women in the construction industry.

Over the next 11 months, Lawlor will undertake research that will focus on studying and quantifying the representation of women in environmental leadership positions in the construction industry, to ensure women are included and represented in environmental decision-making. Through her research, she says that she will share the work of female environmental leaders with the aim to build awareness of their achievements and to highlight the value of women’s contributions to the climate crisis issue.

Upon the announcement, Lawlor noted that she was “…incredibly grateful that NAWIC and CULT have provided me the opportunity to explore this nexus of women and environmental leadership in the construction industry.”

“I am certainly hoping that this research will further NAWIC’s vision for an equitable construction industry in which women fully participate and lead the way for a sustainable future.  I look forward to reporting back in a years’ time,” she says. 

According to Kristine Scheul, national NAWIC chairperson, “The NAWIC Board congratulates Sarah on her achievement and looks forward to sharing her findings in the coming year.”

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