Dr Phillippa Carnemolla

Industrial designer, researcher and design educator Dr Phillippa Carnemolla has been awarded the 2018 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) International Women’s Day Scholarship.

The $20,000 scholarship will fund a research paper analysing high school girls’ perceptions of careers in the construction industry and trade.

“NAWIC is committed to building a diverse and dynamic construction workforce in which women can fully participate,” NAWIC national chair Helen Badger said.

“Phillippa’s research will help us to advance this mission.”

According to CULT managing director Richard Munao (the company sponsor the award), the judges were impressed with the scope of Dr Carnemolla’s research.

“The research will look at girls’ opinions of the construction industry, and also investigate their parents’ perceptions to understand the role they play in girls’ career choices,” Mr Munao said.

“Recommendations from the research results will enable NAWIC and broader construction networks to better engage with school-aged girls and communicate the potential for a construction career for women.”

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