Celebrating a City-Shaping Project that is Leading with Diversity


Celebrating a City Shaping Project that is Leading with Diversity

Our team recently co-sponsored the annual Prominent Women in Property networking event with Far East Consortium. Held at the Queen’s Wharf Visitor’s Centre, the event was more than a celebration of almost ten years delivering a city shaping project.

Director of the Queen’s Wharf design team, Naveen Dath, reflected on the history of Brisbane as a penal colony and how the design vision contributes to its transition into a bustling and thriving “Olympics” city. Cottee Parker’s Senior Associate Susanne MacDonald reflected on her 14-year tenure with our practice and the changes she has seen in our industry to support working parents:

“What interests me personally about the Queen’s Wharf project is that half of the architectural team are women, and they lead a significant portion of the client-facing work on the project. The developers’ marketing team with whom we had close association with are predominantly women, and the project management team Bluebird Property is a female led team. I have been at Cottee Parker since I was a student, and this has been the first time I’ve seen gender diversity achieved across the entire project team – from developers, marketing, consultants and design firms.”

“I was promoted to Associate at Cottee Parker at 8 months pregnant. With the support of an exceptional team, I work flexible hours. Some of those hours are after 8pm so I can be home to support my husband through the trauma of the night-time routine with two toddlers! Our team is made up of 4 parents with young children, 3 mums and 1 dad, and we all work flexible hours. Thanks to COVID, remote meetings have become the norm. This has been the change in just our practice in the last 20 years.”

About the Organisation:  

Prominent Women in Property (PWiP) brings together a collective of influential women in the broad property industry. It offers an opportunity for networking, knowledge sharing and professional development.

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