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Jane Wernick to speak at AJ Women in Architecture luncheon

Structural engineer Jane Wernick is to speak at the AJ Women in Architecture luncheon about Jane Drew Prize winner Kathryn Findlay

Findlay’s daughter Miya Ushida, will collect the award on behalf of her late mother at the dinner on 7 February, while Wernick will give an introductory speech.

Kathryn Findlay was revealed as winner of the 2014 Jane Drew Prize, just hours after news broke that she had died.

Wernick, most well-known for her role in the structural design of the Millennium Wheel whilst working at Ove Arup and Partners, where she was the first woman structural engineer to be made both an associate and an associate director.

She set up her own practice, Jane Wernick Associates in 1998 and has since worked on a number of high profile projects including Zaha Hadid’s Maggie’s Centre in Fife, houses by MVRDV, Hopkins, NORD and Zumthor for Living Architecture, and David Chipperfield’s BBC Scotland in Glasgow.

Last year she won the First Women Award in the Built Environment for ‘leading a path for the next generation’ and for ‘finding a way past the glass ceiling by founding an innovative practice structure’.

Kathryn Findlay’s funeral

Time 10.15am, Saturday 25 January 2014
Place The Chapel at Caroline Gardens, Asylum, Asylum Road, London, SE15 2SQ

Instead of flowers, Kathryn Findlay’s family has asked for donations to be made to charity Scene and Heard. The mentoring project partners the children of Somers Town, Camden with professional theatre artists. Donations can be made in her memory to the Scene and Heard Kathryn Findlay Future Fund, Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Road, London, NW1 1TT, 0845 009 0775, www.sceneandheard.org

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