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Feb 1, 2024

Your host, Aya Shlachter, talks with Suzanne Hunt — Principal Architect and Founder of Suzanne Hunt Architect (SHA).

In this episode, Aya and Suzie discuss Suzie's architectural philosophy and its strong connection to people. Suzie shares how this philosophy has influenced her journey, from starting SHA in her bedroom to becoming an award-winning firm in Perth.

Suzie gives practical advice to emerging architects, emphasizing the importance of networking outside the industry. She highlights that "architecture is a business" and encourages active community engagement for growth. She also shares strategies for managing firm operations and navigating the unique challenges of running a creative business as an architect.

They also talk about Suzie’s impactful advocacy for equity, diversity, and inclusion, particularly through "Work Women Wisdom". Suzie addresses age invisibility among professional women and her commitment to inclusivity in the architectural profession.

Tune in to gain insights into Suzie's architectural philosophy, journey, and impactful advocacy!

 

ABOUT THE GUEST:

Suzanne (Suzie) Hunt LFRAIA RIBA is a registered Architect and Principal of Suzanne Hunt Architect, an award-winning architectural and interior design practice. She graduated with Honours from Curtin University in 1986 and gained valuable experience in boutique and large-scale practices in London.

In 2004, she founded Suzanne Hunt Architect (SHA) due to limited part-time opportunities in larger firms, starting from her bedroom and growing into a fully-fledged office in 2016. SHA is recognized for residential, hospitality, and local government projects, including award-winning refurbishments like Leeuwin Estate Winery. 

Suzie served on the Rottnest Island Authority Board, Legal Practice Board of WA, and chairs the Curtin Architecture Advisory Board. Elected President of the Australian Institute of Architects WA Chapter in 2017, Suzie advocates for gender equity and mentors through initiatives like #WorkWomenWisdom. 

Since 2017, she has been a TV presenter for MWC Australia By Design on Channel 10, receiving accolades such as the 2021 Paula Whitman Prize for Gender Equity and the 2022 WA Architects Board Award. In 2023, she was honored with Life Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Find out more about Suzie at suzannehuntarchitect.com.au/our-story/.

 

ABOUT THE PODCAST:

Architect My Life is a podcast for empowering women creative entrepreneurs. Our show is dedicated to supporting architects and designers to achieve business growth, financial freedom, and health and wellness. We share inspiring success stories and valuable lessons from others' experiences.

This podcast is hosted by Aya Shlachter, CEO and Founder of MGS Global Group - a company that provides on-demand drafting services for architecture and design firms.

 

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