DesignInc Sydney wins UDIA NSW Diversity and Inclusion Award

DesignInc Sydney is thrilled to have received the 2021 UDIA NSW Diversity and Inclusion Award. With high levels of cultural diversity across our team, 50:50 gender equity at Director level, a fully funded First Nations architectural scholarship, Nguluway DesignInc partnership as well as a range of progressive policies, we are proud of our achievements.

Awards | Culture | Studio News | Sydney

26 November 2021

On November 25, we gathered with over 400 of our peers at the annual UDIA NSW Awards for Leadership Excellence to recognise those making a difference in the built environment. DesignInc Sydney was thrilled to have received the Award for Diversity and Inclusion.

At DesignInc Sydney, we are driven not only by the desire to create beautiful places—we want the environments we design to be equitable and accessible for users. Crucially, we also want the people who design them to be happy and healthy. We strive for each member of our team to reach their personal and professional potential. Receiving this award is testament to the progress we have made in creating a diverse, inclusive and balanced workplace.

As DesignInc Sydney HR Manager Tara Keast said in her acceptance speech:

‘We all know there are many hidden forces at play that make it easier for some to succeed, and harder for others. At DesignInc Sydney we actively take steps to understand these barriers within our organisation and the broader industry, and to challenge them.

In a male dominated industry, we proudly have 50% gender equality at the Director level and 48% throughout the company.

We’re members of Champions of Change, working with our industry on supporting Women to be given the opportunities to develop and succeed.

Our staff represent 28 different cultures across our 100 staff here in Sydney. We love what such a culturally diverse company brings to our company culture and approach to design.

We also proudly sponsor First Nations scholarship student at University of Western Sydney. He’s a sweet first year student studying architecture.

We’ve also partnered with Craig Kerslake architect and Wiradjuri man, on Nguluway DesignInc, to bring meaningful designing from Country practice into projects.

Many hands worked together to get us to where we are today and I’m proud to be one set of those.’

We all know there are many hidden forces at play that make it easier for some to succeed, and harder for others.At DesignInc Sydney we actively take steps to understand these barriers within our organisation and the broader industry, and to challenge them.
Tara Keast, HR Manager, DesignInc Sydney

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