A group of Waikato women are working hard to bring attention to the success of their female peers through an exhibition at the Waikato Home Show.

ADNZ member and one of the organisers of the Waikato Women in Architecture Exhibition, Sharon Robinson, says the group was created to help promote members work, encourage female architecture students in their careers and offer support for women in the industry.

"When I started studying I was one of two women in my class and the only woman to graduate. Then slightly later in my career I was one woman out of 15 architectural staff in an architect's practice. Though some organisations today seem to have better numbers suggesting things have improved, the level of support and encouragement within the industry for women is still an ongoing issue - both early on in our careers and at senior levels. We hope our exhibition will help to raise awareness of the wonderful work women in the Waikato are doing and also help to promote our group to women looking for support," says Sharon.

The exhibition is open to designers and Architects, QS, Interior Designers, Project Managers, Practice Managers, Planners, Engineers - and any women involved in the architecture industry.

The Home Show runs from the 1-4 of October and approximately 40,000 visitors are expected.

ADNZ is fully behind Waikato Women in Architecture and are sponsoring the exhibition. ADNZ CEO, Astrid Andersen, said that promoting and supporting women in the workforce is an important issue for the organisation.

"We support our female members in a number of ways including 12 months parental leave from their membership and enabling women to 'bank' CPD points while they are on maternity leave so that they are able to maintain their credentials. Exhibitions like this are so important - it is a celebration of the work of these women, their talent and careers," says Astrid.

For more information on the exhibition or to join the group visit: