Celebrating International Women's Day

Today we celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality.

The theme of this year's International Women’s Day is #breakthebias. It asks us to imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable and inclusive.


'Our industry is behind every major human advancement, and makes peoples’ lives better, healthier and more connected. We want our industries to represent everyone, so the world we create is as diverse and inspiring as the people in it.' – The Diversity Agenda


Individually, we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions. We have the ability to raise awareness, mentor and empower those around us, and actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping.

We've collated articles from women in our industry sharing their experiences and highlighting the things we can do to create a world that is diverse and inclusive.


2021 Gold Medal: Julie Stout
As a Gold Medallist, Julie Stout sets a new precedent. Not just a highly skilled and experienced architect, she is also a teacher, mentor, activist, agitator, ambassador and ally.

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Jade Kake of Matakohe Architecture Urbanism on Kaupapa Māori Design and more
As Architecture+Women NZ continues its drive for equity in the architecture industry, Homestyle spoke to its Munro Diversity Winner, Jade Kake.

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Interview with Co-Chairs of Architecture + Women NZ, Anner Chong and Maria Chen

In August 2021, A+W NZ welcomed two new co-chairs, Anner Chong and Maria Chen, who will lead the organisation as it embarks on its second decade of advocacy for diversity and equity in the architectural community.

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Insights from women in our profession
Over the years, the Diversity Agenda has talked to a range of inspiring women, who’ve shared their experiences, advice, and what they’ve actively done to help accelerate women’s equality within Aotearoa’s engineering and architecture professions.

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Being part of the problem and the solution

As a founding partner of the Diversity Agenda and Diversity Accord, our very own director, Stephen McDougall, discusses how Studio Pacific are taking action for equality.

While our industry begins to shift and examine its policies, there’s perhaps no better place to look than leadership to see what change is on the horizon. Stephen McDougall knows all too well the impact that diversity and flexibility can have on a workplace.

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