Register
Measuring progress: Morris says it's unacceptable always to be asked why she's doing the job she does. (photo: )
Measuring progress: Morris says it's unacceptable always to be asked why she's doing the job she does.
08.03.2021, 13:29

What Women Really Want

Construction, United Kingdom, Israel

Sophie Morris, Head of Customer Success at construction management automation startup Buildots, discusses the importance of workplace inclusivity and equality.

 

International Women’s Day is an important occasion for celebrating women’s achievements. For Sophie Morris, however, it is also an opportunity to raise awarness of the need for greater advocation of the need for equality. 

 

Q: How long have you worked in the industry?

 

A: For the best part of ten years. I came to London to study Civil Engineering at UCL and did internships every summer. I’ve always wanted to work in construction, but had to explore which sector I wanted to be in. I realised quite quickly that I wanted to work onsite and be involved on projects, rather than working in design let’s say.

 

I was fortunate enough to get on the Mace Graduate Programme at Mace, which really put me on the path to construction management. I got headhunted by Buildots as they wanted someone who loved site work to help inform the building industry of its technology. Now I am in this tailored role where I am devising the solution that I would have liked onsite. As Head of Customer Success, I am the first port of call for the clients. I drive the tech to match their requirements.

 

Q: Why do you love construction?

 

A: For so many reasons. There is so much going on, the pace is quick! I love being onsite, and the people and atmosphere are great. No better place.

 

The sense of achievement that you feel when you walk around London is inspiring. Over the course of a project, you see a building go from the ground to completion and that is so satisfying to see.

 

As a sidenote, ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved bridges. I don’t know what it is – it’s probably the engineering! My favourite is either the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, which was influenced by Egyptian architecture, or the Pont des Arts in Paris. 

 

Q: What inspires you?

 

A: Being a woman in the role that I’m doing! Ultimately, I would like people to never question why I am doing my job, as for me working in another industry was simply never an option. Even though there have been some really tough days, I’ve never felt like I have to stop what I am doing. It is why I’ll always encourage people to pursue the route they want to take – I know that sounds a tad corny but it’s true.

 

Q: What needs to change?

 

A: The industry’s gender imbalance is still an issue, there’s no denying that. There is also a tendency for women onsite to be grouped together when it should be more inclusive. However I have experienced first hand meeting more and more women onsite every year, feels like it’s moving in the right direction!

 

Q: What’s your advice to young women heading into construction?

 

A: If you have an interest then definitely give it a try. Come with an open mind and don’t let any of the industry stereotypes get a hold of your judgement. It is a tough industry but so rewarding at the same time.

 

It is an exciting time to be in construction too. There are so many different roles at the moment from design, management, commercial, planning. Contech is so huge right now and the amount of opportunity available means there is something for everyone. This is the aspect of construction that I want people to see; that it’s welcoming, diverse and not just muddy boots!

 

Article rating:

vote data

Leave a reply

 (photo: Polyteck Group)
News Editor  - 30.09.2021

Residential PPM Contract Award

Polyteck Group has secured a one-year contract to provide planned preventive maintenance (PPM) services at Lillie Square, a new landscaped residential development in West London in the latest of a...

Pictured (L-R): New apprentices, Thomas Gordon, Emma Walker and Manveer Sangha. (photo: Mitie Group)
News Editor  - 28.09.2021

Mitie Welcomes Technical Apprentices

Mitie has surpassed a target of recruiting 50 new technical apprentices in 2021 with the addition of a new intake of 41 apprentices to its Technical Services Apprenticeship Programme.

 (photo: )
News Editor  - 14.10.2021

Venue Operator Launches New CSR Platforms

Stadium and convention center operator ASM Global has launched ASM Global Acts, the ASM Global Acts Foundation, and a scholarship program to support its commitment to corporate social...

Fort Werden. (photo: )
News Editor  - 14.10.2021

A Dialogue with the Past and a Space for the Future

After almost seven years of master planning and design, architectural firm Signal Architecture + Research has announced the completion of Phase One of the transformation of Fort Worden in Port...

Rendering by The Miller Hull Partnership. (photo: )
News Editor  - 14.10.2021

San Diego Awards Contracts for New Fire Station

The City of San Diego has awarded the architectural contract for the new Torrey Pines Fire Station to The Miller Hull Partnership, and announced Level 10 Construction as general contractor for the...

 (photo: Philadelphia Eagles)
News Editor  - 13.10.2021

Tackle Hygiene with Every Catch

Ahead of Global Handwashing Day on 15 October, a new campaign announced by Tork and the Philadelphia Eagles will highlight the importance of sustainable hygiene whilst supporting the homeless.