Sustainability Summit

Women in Built Environment Sustainability Leadership

There are many societal and environmental issues that require strong leaders to pioneer and promote change while at the same time, cultivating a better understanding of urban sustainability. Whether they are emerging or existing leaders, they must seize opportunities for growth and collaborate with other environment professionals to maximise the impacts of their endeavours. The Women in the Built Environment & Sustainability Leadership panel brings together some of the most accomplished female leaders in the field who’ll explain the current climate of the industry while also help the next generation of female leaders plant the seeds for a much more sustainable future.


At the end of this panel, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the various shifts within society that have benefited women working in the built environment
  • Cultivate a better understanding of how women are crucial to promoting sustainability
  • Understand how culture reflects and informs diversity in the workplace
  • Understand what cultural drivers could reinforce or renounce traditional ideas of sustainability


AACA Competency Standards related to this session:

Design: Conceptual Design
3.3 Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues

Design: Schematic Design
4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts
4.4 Application of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design
4.6 Investigation and integration of appropriate material selection for the project


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Please note you are required to attend the full hour of each session and submit the relevant questionnaire to redeem your formal AIA Refuel points.

Session Information

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Talina Edwards

Talina Edwards Architecture




Yaara Plaves

Hames Sharley


Dr. Shamila Haddad

School of Built Environment, UNSW


Kaylie Salvatori

COLA Studio


Belqis Youssofzay

Youssofzay and Hart