Women Transforming the Built Environment


Our vision is to:

  • Increase female participation in Bachelor of Construction Management, Bachelor of Construction Technology and Bachelor of Construction Engineering
  • Increase female leadership in the School
  • Improve visibility of professional women in the built environment to our students to showcase role models
  • Create a positive student learning experience for our female students
  • Increase visibility of our female academics within the University and external to the University
  • Celebrate achievements of female staff, students and alumni
  • Increase networking within the University and between our alumni and professional women
  • Improve engagement with our prospective female students
  • Increase opportunities for student and staff to engage and network with professional women in the built environment.

Save the date - 2020 Breakfast Event

Thank you to those who attended the Western’s Women Transforming the Built Environment Breakfast on Friday 1 March 2019.

Following the success of the event we would like to announce that we will be hosting this event annually in the lead up to International Women’s Day.

Western Women Transforming the Built Environment Breakfast 2020.

Date: Friday, 28 February 2020

Time: 7.00am - 9.00am Save the date and join us to be part of a network of alumni, staff and industry professionals supporting our up and coming Western Women.

Roundup from the 2019 Breakfast Event

Our 2019 Breakfast Event was sponsored by Professor Denise Kirkpatrick.

We kicked off with a warm welcome from Professor Deborah Sweeney who shared some strategic initiatives that support women at WSU.

The Keynote from Tasha Burrell, Landcom was followed by an impressive Panel discussion facilitated by David Borger. The panel included:

  • Yusur Al-Aberi (BConstrMgt student)
  • Kara McCormick (BConstrMgt student)
  • Lavendar Liu (PhD student)
  • Melissa Gargiulo (BConstrMgt. (Hons-Class 1) alumni)

We also heard from our female academics who support the construction management program. There was a great vibe in the room with many industry and government attendees keen to work with WSU on this exciting project. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make it a very special launch!

Academic Profiles

Professor Kerry London

Professor Kerry London is Interim Dean, Planning for the School of Built Environment at Western Sydney University. Kerry is the Professor Built Environment and Urban Transformation. Prior to this Kerry held the position of Dean of Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia. Kerry was previously a Professor of Construction Management at RMIT University, Melbourne where she held various positions including Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching.

Kerry is an international leader in built environment research and has won numerous nationally competitive research grants, supervised higher degree research students and published more than 170 peer reviewed publications.

Prior to RMIT she held academic positions at Deakin University, University of Newcastle and UNITEC. She is an experienced academic leader and has held various senior administrative roles spanning a career in academia which began in 2002. Kerry was also founding Director of the Centre for Integrated Project Solutions at RMIT University and was founding Director of the first research Centre in the School of Architecture and Built Environment University of Newcastle. Kerry was the first female Chair in Construction Management in Australia at Deakin University. She was also the first academic (and female) to be President of the Chartered Institute of Building Australasia Council, an international professional association that accredits tertiary degrees in more than twenty countries.