women in the built environment

GAZELLA is an independent publication offering insights into inspiring females within the built environment.

Updated weekly, the blog exhibits interviews focusing on the work of women and topical issues in the current climate. Launched to capture the stories and spirit of the determined,

Gazella shares a passion for the celebration of women, their experiences and opinions, as well as advice and learnings that can be shared amongst our community.

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“My most frequent conversation. But don’t you work for a construction company? ”

Warning. / Justine Hadj  /  19 things I didn’t think about before starting a renovation on my tiny Victorian Terrace in the middle of Carlton

story / Blog / October 8, 2018

1. The Party Wall Neighbour. Email received 8 January. Dear Justine, After my tenants complained to me about rising damp in the corridor and some water damage in kitchen, I investigated to find that your builders neglected to seal the front section of roof prior to the second story, hence allowing a deluge of water […]

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“ That practical applied experience is absolutely fundamental in you getting a leg up and moving forward. ”

Peter Lovell / Director and Founding Principal / Lovell Chen  /  Heritage

story / Interview / September 24, 2018

My interests in construction, architecture and particularly heritage, really stemmed from some dear friends of mine when I was a boy growing up, who lived down the road, Warwick and Susie Forge. Warwick was the assistant administrator of the National Trust and lived in a historic house. I used to go around a do little […]

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“I still remember thinking ‘I don’t know what that is, but if the CEO’s asked me to do it, it must be important, so I’m going to say yes’.”

Linda Mellors Chief Operating Officer / Chief Executive Health Services / Mercy Health  /  Moving Meditation

story / Interview / September 10, 2018

When I entered professional life, coming from an academic environment, I was very worried that I wouldn’t get anywhere. I had this awful anxiety that I would just blend in. I saw all these different personalities and that was a huge learning for me. I had to learn quickly about what motivates people and that their motivators were often different to mine.

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