Amie McCabe

I am a Senior Project Architect with over 5 years post qualification experience, leading multidisciplinary teams to deliver multi million-pound projects across the UK.

My first job as a qualified Architect was the remodelling and refurbishment of the impressive Grade II* Listed City Hall building for Bristol City Council which ignited a passion for refurbishments and sustainability for me, and particularly the reuse and rejuvenation of existing buildings and brownfield sites, to which I relish the challenge that working with existing buildings brings.

Developing a career in the construction industry was never a consideration to me at a young age. This wasn’t due to lack of interest but instead due to limited knowledge and awareness about this sector and the potential there was to have a successful career in it, especially as a woman. I instead began my journey as a Biologist due to my passion for science and the environment. It wasn’t until I was at University and the science block was located next to the Architecture and Engineering block that I discovered where I really wanted to head in life. I swiftly transferred onto a course to study Architecture and Planning and haven’t looked back since.

Whilst at university I stood as the President of the Architecture society and with the team organised a regular lecture series, social events in the UK and abroad, as well as providing a platform for discussions and debate to take place for all built environment students within the University. In 2014 I graduated with a distinction in PG Certificate Professional Practice and Management in Architecture which enabled me to qualify and register as an Architect.

I am actively involved within my company and have taken on the following additional
roles within my workplace: mentor, CPD coordinator and I have established a group called The People Group which is looking at how the company can be further improved to offer better support and guidance to all staff members, including all aspects of career progression, health, wellbeing, diversity and community, environmental and social responsibilities. The group provides a platform for staff members to be heard and in turn make a different to their workplace.

Outside of the workplace I am an ambassador seeking to increase diversity within this industry by working as an Architectural mentor and Associate Lecturer for the University of the West of England, STEM ambassador and also a Committee member for Women in Property South West. Within Women in Property, I sit on the Outreach subcommittee, where we organise and attend networking events, CV workshops, site visits and mock interviews for local school children. I also sit on the PR and social media subcommittee which allows me to network with a wide range of professionals throughout the South West and beyond.

I have taken on a wide range of additional roles and responsibilities because of my love of my profession and because I so passionately want to encourage others to find their voices and be confident to venture into an industry which is still very much male dominated. I continually strive to be a positive and inspirational female role model and I constantly look for ways to achieve this.