Women in Architecture

On Thursday 26 June 2019, RSUA Women in Architecture was launched to provide support and inspire women working as architects and women aspiring to work as architects.  Aisling Shannon Rusk will lead the Women in Architecture sub-group and it is intended that the group will provide a network for women architects to share their experiences, learn from and support each other.

Women in Architecture Chair, Aisling Shannon-Rusk aisling@studioidir.com.

Headline purpose

To support and inspire women working as architects and women aspiring to work as architects.  

How will this purpose be achieved
  • Provide a network for women architects to share their experiences, learn from and support each other
  • Celebrate women in architecture and enhance their visibility, including promoting female role models, for example through an online presence 
  • Identify barriers faced by women who want to work in architecture and focus on proposals to remove those barriers
  • Facilitate mentoring opportunities for women architects
  • Develop proposals, for employers and employees, that will help anyone seeking to return to work as an architect following a career break
  • Engage with other relevant working groups 
  • Host events led by women architects but open to all 
Public benefit

A more gender-balanced and diverse architectural profession will be better at attracting and retaining the best talent leading to better architecture for the public in Northern Ireland. 

Membership and contact details

If you would like to get in contact with anyone listed below, please email courtney@rsua.org.uk.

Anne BarnesAnne Barnes Architect
Adrienne BarrIsherwood & Ellis
Rachel BevanRachel Bevan Architects
Catherine BlaneyQueen’s University Belfast
Sarah BradyHLM Architects
Susie BrownHall McKnight
Michelle CanningHamilton Architects
Laura Collins
Rachel DeLargyMcGonigle McGrath
Sarah DevlinWhite Ink
Kathryn DowseHLM Architects
Catherine DoyleSamuel Stevenson & Sons
Tara FlorenceHamilton Architects
Aine GlackinWhite Ink
Glenda HallEducation Authority
Jennifer HarperIsherwood & Ellis
Lara HigginsonLike Architects
Aisha HolmesWhite Ink Architects
Jennifer JohnstonFarrans Construction
Sarah LappinQueen’s University Belfast
Jane LamourArigho Larmour Wheeler Architects
Bronagh LynchConsarc Design
Aisling MaddenWhite Ink
Catherine MallonMcGurk Architects
Joan McCoyWhite Ink
Rachel McCurryWhite Ink
Aine McEnoyMcGonigle McGrath
Aoife McGeeMMAS Architects
Sarah McGonigleWhite Ink
Mary McIntyreWomen in Planning
Emma MontgomeryIsherwood & Ellis
Johann MuldoonManor Architects
Clare MulhollandQueen’s University Belfast
Martina MurphyUlster University
Alice NickellMcGonigle McGrath
Melanie O’ReillyMelanie O’Reilly Architect
Fiona PattersonMcAdam Design
Aislinn QuinnRPP Architects
Susan RaffertyPovall Worthington
Jane RogersQueen’s University Belfast
Jessica ScottIsherwood & Ellis
Amy ServiceIsherwood & Ellis
Aisling Shannon-RuskStudio Idir
Naomi SheenanFCB Studios
Kari SimpsonTODD Architects
Hana StolcovahWhittaker and Watt Architects
Jenny SpeirsIsherwood & Ellis
Katie StringerStudio Idir
Edelle HenryMcGurk Architects
Meeting frequency/pre-arranged dates

We anticipate this group will meet 5 times per year. Once it is safe to do so, we also hope to organise seasonal open studio visits across Northern Ireland hosted by female architects.

  • 12.30pm on 28 February 2022
  • 7.30pm on 29 June 2022
Find out more

Read some of the latest updates and relevant news articles relating to RSUA Women in Architecture here

RSUA Women in Architecture meet for the first time

RSUA Women in Architecture Practice Visit to Caroline Dickson Architects 23 October 2019

Six by Six: Routes Through Architecture 22 November 2019

RSUA Women in Architecture update 29 September 2020

Architects Journal recognises emerging local talent 13 January 2021

Women in Architecture update 26 February 2021