Loughton Architect nominated for ‘Best Woman Architect’ in 2018 WICE Awards

Melanie Clear, founder and Managing Director of Loughton based practice Clear Architects is among the top 9 European architects to be announced as finalists in the ‘Best Woman Architect’ category of the Women in Construction & Engineering (WICE) Awards 2018.

The WICE Awards aim to highlight and celebrate the most exemplary women working in the construction and engineering sectors across Europe. The awards ceremony will be held at the Hilton Bankside, London on 24 May 2018.

Melanie Clear, Founder & Managing Director, Clear Architects says:

“I am absolutely thrilled to be a finalist at the European WICE Awards 2018 and to be recognised not just for the creative input I make into our practice’s projects but also in my role as a business leader.”

“Architecture is such a passion of mine, I hope that these awards show aspiring female architects that they belong in this fantastic industry, that hard work is rewarded on merit and that they can achieve commercial and creative success through a career in architecture.”

“We know that while star architects like Zaha Hadid attracted a lot of attention, only 40% of all architectural graduates have been women over the past decade. Only 3 of the top 100 architect firms are run by women. Architecture need not have a gender bias; it’s ultimately about vision, creativity, and meeting and exceeding client briefs to produce exceptional buildings.”

The Judging Process
Following a nomination process where an initial shortlist is created, a carefully selected panel of judges determines the finalists. The finalists are then invited to attend a judging panel in person, during which the judges determine the overall winner.

This year’s judges included Jane Duncan (president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA, from 2015-2017) and senior management from CBRE, Accenture, Arup, CIAT, Willmott Dixon, KPMG, Arcadis, Deloitte, Mace, Siemens, Rolls-Royce and Balfour Beatty.

Awards Criteria
The WICE Awards look for unique submissions that demonstrate strong industry achievement and a passion for supporting women in architecture.

Nominees will be judged on their career and education, a commitment to teamwork and leadership skills, their knowledge of workplace health & safety issues and their effective customer service and client relationships.

In 2018, WICE Awards received 350 entries across 26 categories.

View the full list of finalists here