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Our very own Gihan Badi is a finalist for the 2017 Women in Construction and Engineering Award for Best Woman Architectural Technologist. The European Women In Construction & Engineering Awards has been designed to find the most exemplary women within construction and engineering across Europe.

Gihan is an exceptional Architectural Designer and Chartered Architectural Technologist with 20 years’ experience in the construction industry and education sector in the UK and the Middle East. She holds BSc(Hons) in Architecture and Urban Planning from University of Benghazi, and BSc(Hons) in Architectural Technology from School of the Built Environment & Engineering, Leeds Beckett University. She is a Professional Assessor for the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologist and a lecturer assistant carrying out a PhD research at Leeds Beckett University.

Gihan started her career as an architect in Libya, and was responsible for managing an architectural practice in Benghazi. In 2004, she moved  to the UK and worked for DLG Architects for more than 11 years as senior Architectural Designer and chartered architectural Technologist. Throughout her career on a wide variety of projects, she has gained exposure to all work stages and had the opportunity to contribute and oversee complex refurbishments and new build projects from design through to completion. She is organised, diligent, and works to the very highest technical standards in all aspects of her work.

Julian Monaghan, senior partner at DLG architects said: ‘Gihan has very high standards and always looks at ways of improving projects and of doing things in an efficient manner. She is able to understand complex and challenging tasks and is keen to improve her technical knowledge, which led to her undertaking several training courses whilst working with us. Gihan was then very happy to share the knowledge gained with her colleagues in the office and beyond’.

In addition to her activities, Gihan is the Vice Chair of CIAT Yorkshire Committee along with her duties as the CPD Coordinator. She is a member of the Women and the Built Environment Research Cluster and works with fellow members to develop new research and partnerships. She is very passionate on the theme of women in construction.

Gihan was nominated for this award by Philip Watson, an Architect and  Atkins UK Design Director Education design specialist and Jon Legge, Chair of CIAT Yorkshire Committee, who have recognised her outstanding professional and personal attributes within the construction industry.

Jon Legge said: ‘I have witnessed her ability to design both architecturally and technically, communicate those design ideas to both clients, colleagues and contractors, manage projects and people, and impress all who have contact with her in her ability and professionalism’.

On the European Women in Construction and Engineering judging day, Gihan shared her story as a women in the construction industry by saying: ‘the key message to success is to keep making your own opportunities’.

Follow this link for more details about the European Women in Construction and Engineering Award: http://wiceawards.com/index.html#.WQZLs9LyuPo

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