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NEW SOUTH WALES
Kezia is part of a future leaders team that
provides insights and recommendations to
senior management for the region. Kezia is the
technical and professional mentor to her team
of four, and she fulflls the role of lead engineer
and technical expert in her area. Kezia has
prepared technical submissions on behalf of her
frm in response to the development of policies
such as the Building Code of Australia. She is
active within the industry, and is also involved in
outreach initiatives and industry charities.
Kezia aspires to strengthen and encourage
women within the construction industry, and to
bring about change in policy and standards.
STOCKLAND AWARD FOR
INNOVATION IN DESIGN
NISHI PATEL, LEAD ARCHITECT, CRONE
Nishi Patel from Crone Architects won this
Award for the 396–400 George Street project,
in Sydney. This was a major refurbishment
project comprising podium facade and lobby
redesign works to the commercial tower, and
the refurbishment and restoration of the former
Darrel Lea Building. The project amalgamated
two sites, creating an iconic city corner for the
Telstra headquarters and fagship store.
Nishi was the lead architect responsible for the
design of the project. Her design leadership
spanned the initial vision to innovative master
planning, to the resolution of fner detailing and
heritage restoration works. Nishi was instrumental
in driving the project’s design success.
ELEANOR DEAN, JOHN HOLLAND GROUP
Eleanor Dean, from the John Holland Group, is
a student of the University of Sydney studying
engineering and science.
Ellie’s submission demonstrated that she is a
passionate, committed and talented individual
with a strong social conscience. In Ellie’s words,
‘So many projects are built to make rich people
richer, and yet the most simple infrastructure
can make a huge difference to a remote or
disadvantaged community. This may involve
building a dam or a road to improve the living
conditions of a large community, or it may be a
more humble local project’.
The judges noted that such thinking makes Ellie
an inspiration to those around her; however,
what set her apart from the other candidates
is her long-term goal to further her studies
to become an educator and mentor to those
coming into the feld.
MAI LE, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH
The judges also awarded a merit in this
category to Mai Le, a student of the University
of New South Wales studying combined
degrees in law and civil engineering.
The daughter of a refugee, who grew up in a
single-parent family, Mai has had to overcome
challenges, including fnancial hardship,
through sheer hard work and determination.
Mai is currently in her third year of study, and
she also volunteers her free time to mentor
disadvantaged high-school students.
The judges have selected Mai to receive a merit
for this award for her resilience, determination
and generous spirit.
LAING O’ROURKE CRYSTAL
VISION AWARD FOR ADVANCING
THE INTERESTS OF WOMEN IN
THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
DIANA JONES, SENIOR PROJECT
MANAGER, JLL PROJECT AND
Diana Jones actively encourages and supports
diversity in her own organisation and across
the industry. She has shown great drive and
diversity, working her way up through JLL,
having frst held the role of executive assistant
to now holding a senior project manager and
client relationship management role within JLL.
In 2011, Diana became one of the founding
members of Women in PDS, a group dedicated
to encouraging and developing women
in our industry. This evolved into the PDS
Diversity Program, which Diana now chairs.
The initiatives include a mentoring program
aimed at promoting women, recruitment of
women graduates through partnerships with
universities, creating female-friendly work
environments globally to ensure working
mothers have suitable facilities for nursing, the
roll-out of a ‘diversity kit’ to assist managers in
the process of hiring women, and unconscious
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