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Lancashire based Saira named most Influential Woman in Architecture

Hussain Architectural Design is proud to say that practice manager Saira Hussain has won “Most influential woman in Architecture (UK)” in the 2017 Influential Businesswoman Awards 2017 by Al Magazine.

Hussain Architectural Design is a female led practice and has been running since 2011, having expanded the business to Burnley, Huddersfield, Blackburn, Manchester, and London.

Having been nominated for over 25 awards in the last few years, including The Duke of Gloucester Awards, English Asian Business Awards and HAD has recently won two awards on the Architecture and Engineering categories for Build Magazine. Whilst juggling all this at the practices, Saira is currently studying for a PhD part time.

Saira Hussain made the following comments following the receipt of this award:

‘’ It’s easy to say that gender issues are a thing of the past, but a young woman in the architecture field today still confronts an unequal playing field. She can expect to make less than her male peers at every stage of her career and see much fewer career-building opportunities come her way.

She will struggle to make it to the top ranks of the profession, which remain vastly male.

Discrimination lies behind these hurdles and is the reason we continue to see such alarmingly high dropout rates for women. We need to recognise these issues and discuss women in Architecture and take some action.

Receiving this award gives me the platform and recognition within my industry and I can take steps to push these issues to be discussed much more openly. ‘’



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