Women in Architecture

On Thursday 26 June 2019, RSUA Women in Architecture was launched to provide support and inspire women working as architects and women aspiring to work as architects. It is intended that the group will provide a network for women architects to share their experiences, learn from and support each other.

The Women in Architecture Chair is Olivia Laughlin.

Headline purpose

To support and inspire women working as architects and women aspiring to work as architects.  

How will this purpose be achieved

  • Provide a network for women architects to share their experiences, learn from and support each other
  • Celebrate women in architecture and enhance their visibility, including promoting female role models, for example through an online presence 
  • Identify barriers faced by women who want to work in architecture and focus on proposals to remove those barriers
  • Facilitate mentoring opportunities for women architects
  • Develop proposals, for employers and employees, that will help anyone seeking to return to work as an architect following a career break
  • Engage with other relevant working groups 
  • Host events led by women architects but open to all 

Public benefit

A more gender-balanced and diverse architectural profession will be better at attracting and retaining the best talent leading to better architecture for the public in Northern Ireland. 

Membership and contact details

If you would like to get in contact with anyone listed below, please contact Jude Faloon on jude@rsua.org.uk 


Meeting frequency/pre-arranged dates

We anticipate this group will meet 3 to 4 times per year. Once it is safe to do so, we also hope to organise seasonal open studio visits across Northern Ireland hosted by female architects.

  • 1pm on Friday 1 December 
  • 1pm on Tuesday 27 February 2024 
  • 1pm on Wednesday 22 May 2024 
  • 1pm on Tuesday 8 October 2024


    Find out more

Read some of the latest updates and relevant news articles relating to RSUA Women in Architecture here

RSUA Women in Architecture meet for the first time

RSUA Women in Architecture Practice Visit to Caroline Dickson Architects 23 October 2019

Six by Six: Routes Through Architecture 22 November 2019

RSUA Women in Architecture update 29 September 2020

Architects Journal recognises emerging local talent 13 January 2021

Women in Architecture update 26 February 2021