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Sadie Morgan receives First Woman Award

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dRMM co-founder Sadie Morgan has been recognised as one of the country’s leading business women after picking up a prestigious First Woman Award

Morgan, who took the accolade for her contribution to the built environment, was praised for her ‘balanced, relaxed and empowering management style’.

The judges of the award said: ‘She has brought about change within the architectural industry through her balanced, relaxed and empowering management style.

‘Now, she is not only in a position to empower women, but more importantly, how to go about doing this is at the forefront of her mind.’

The dRMM co-founder saw off a shortlist which included BDP director Sue Emms, Arup’s Julie Wood, president of the RICS Louise Brooke-Smith, commercial director at quantity surveyor DSG Bernadette Lord, and Helen Moore, managing director of heritage building restorers City & Country.

The awards, founded by Real Business and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) recognise ‘the foremost female leaders’ working in senior-level positions in the UK.

Morgan, who in 2013 became the youngest woman president of the Architectural Association, was shortlisted for the AJ Woman Architect of the Year Award in 2014.

Earlier this year she was appointed to lead a panel overseeing the design on the HS2 rail link.

‘Women bring vibrancy and sensitivity to the world of design and architecture, their presence leading to new aesthetic approaches and improved working practices. But we achieve the best results when we combine our strengths and talents with male colleagues’ said Morgan.

She added: ‘By building on the mutual respect that such collaboration brings, we can create the parity between genders that we’re all striving for. It’s my privilege to play a part in achieving this.’

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