Strucutral engineer Jane Wernick of Jane Wernick Associates has won this year’s First Women Award in the Built Environment
Wernick, most well-known for her role in the structural design of the Millennium Wheel, picked up the award for her contribution to the built environment last week.
She fought off competition from Sue Roaf, professor of architectural engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Straw Works’ director Barbara Jones, Pat Duggan of Balfour Beatty, Gill Riley from the GGR Group, and Julie White of D-Drill Master Drillers.
The judges recognised Wernick for ‘leading a path for the next generation’ and for ‘finding a way past the glass ceiling by founding an innovative practice structure’.
As well as her contribution to the Millennium Wheel, Wernick was the first woman structural engineer to be made both an associate and an associate director at Arup.
She founded her own company, Jane Wernick Associates in 1998. In 2010 she gave her firm to an employee benefit trust.
On winning the award, Wernick said, ‘It was a great honour to win this award. I am passionate about the contribution that engineers can make to the built environment. As the founder of a small firm of structural engineers I felt very proud to be part of such an amazing group of women, who have been successful in such an extraordinary range of business activities.’
Jane Wernick wins Women in the Built Environment Award