Our History

Going strong since 1953

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Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1955, it emerged from a smaller network “Women in Construction of Fort Worth” wanting to expand. The group of women who were active in the industry and already in business with each other, had started the support network in 1953 looking to create a platform from which the female working in the industry could build their confidence and achieve their full potential. “We were women with electricity in our veins, cement dust on our shoes, sawdust on our minds … busy, busy, busy, filthy things. ” Alice Ashley, a founding member.

Over the last sixty (plus) years, it has developed into a global organisation with thousands of international affiliates operating in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK & Ireland.

NAWIC UK & Ireland was founded in 2003, after signing an international affiliation agreement.

Past National Chairs and NAWIC Ambassadors:

  • Siobhan McMahon, Director at Emerald Architects, 2014-2016
  • Kate Onions, Senior Associate at Gateley Plc, 2013-2014
  • Melanie Relf, Principal at Mira Architects, 2013-2013
  • Katrina Dowding, MD at Skanska FMS, 2005-2013

Past National Deputy Chairs and NAWIC Ambassadors:

  • Rebecca Hartshorn, Pre-construction Manager at John Sisk and Son Ltd, 2016-2017