Female Frontiers, Pioneers and Champions of Architecture

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20 Sep 2021

Pascale Sablan and Yiselle Santos Rivera talk about fostering a positive working environment for women, designing more inclusive workspaces and the benefits they’ve gained from their work being highlighted by WAN’s Female Frontier Awards

Pascale is an Associate at Adjaye Associates Architects, as well as the 315th living African-American female registered architect in the United States. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment, which addresses the inequitable disparities in architecture by supporting the stages of the architecture pipeline. Holding a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, Pascale lectures in the US at institutions including the United Nations and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Heritage and Culture.

Yiselle is a medical planner and Global Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at HKS. She thrives on building equitable practices, empowering the next generation of leaders and creating inclusive platforms for engagement. She serves on the AIA National Board and is the founder of Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design (WIELD).

We’ve launched the popular 2022 WAN: Female Frontier awards to once again recognise and highlight the outstanding work from women of all ages, at every level across the global built environment.

These awards offer all the things that a global scheme should do and more. They promote best practices, new and established talent and celebrate the firms who are supporting women in their roles. 

This year we have added categories to broaden the scope and ensure that all women working in the global built environment have the opportunity to get involved and gain exposure. New categories include Innovation in Interior Design, Interior Designer of the Year and Emerging Interior Designer of the Year. There is a relevant category for all, whether you are at entry-level or the founder of your own practice. 

Entries are open now with a reduced entry price, at the Early Bird rate, if you enter before 23rd September.  For more information go to wanfemalefrontierawards.com

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