Architectural Graduate at Warren and Mahoney's Auckland studio, Divya Purushotham, is the newest Co-Chair of Architecture+Women-NZ after being promoted from the role of Secretary.
Appointed earlier this week, Divya joins current Co-Chair and Architect Lynda Simmons to support A+W-NZ’s core aims of visibility and inclusiveness. The organisation provides a support system and enhanced visibility around the hard work of its members, by removing or reducing as many barriers as possible - regardless of class, religion, culture, sexual orientation or age. A+W-NZ works from the strong platform of gender, for the benefit of the industry as a whole.
“I am delighted to take on this position for an organisation that does important work. Discussing issues around diversity and workplace culture can be a great tool for the visibility of many other groups in the profession. We wouldn’t be where we are if we weren’t already talking about these issues but particularly, if it wasn’t for previous generations of female architects who have worked tirelessly to achieve this nurturing environment for the rest of us.”
She also credits Warren and Mahoney’s support. “Warren and Mahoney has been immensely supportive of my involvement with A+W-NZ. Adding to this, generous sponsorships towards the SGA Building Workshop and the Diversity + Inclusion Panel event held at our Auckland Studios earlier this year have enabled some key events and conversations for the organisation.”
Divya takes on the role following the resignation of Elisapeta Heta, who stepped down from Co-Chair after many years of service to A+W-NZ.