Being Women in Architecture and Design: Challenges, Triumphs, and Opportunities

February 25, 2022|49 Minutes
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Gensler Technical Designers Cheryl Dixon and Telicious Robinson

Diversity and inclusion remain pressing issues in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. While progress has been made, representation of minorities and women in leadership and design roles is still lacking. Through open dialogue and sharing experiences, professionals can better understand the unique challenges faced by underrepresented groups and the ways in which the industry culture needs to evolve to become more equitable and provide a sense of belonging for everyone.

This podcast features a conversation between Gensler Technical Designers Cheryl Dixon and Telicious Robinson. Each shares her journey to becoming a licensed architect, the obstacles faced as Black women, and the importance of mentors. The discussion provides candid insights into the lack of diversity some face in educational programs and at firms and offers ideas for how to promote inclusion and support underrepresented colleagues.

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Cheryl Dixon
Cheryl is a Technical Designer at Gensler with a background in construction project management, architecture, and interior design. She possesses an affinity for design-build and values opportunities to connect clients with ancillary industry disciplines to bring about innovative results. She is based in Washington, D.C. Contact her at .
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Telicious Robinson
Telicious is a Technical Designer for Gensler’s Health and Wellness practice. She has over 10 years of experience across diverse project types in higher education, residential, industrial, hospitality, commercial, and K-12 schools, with a primary focus on healthcare architecture. Telicious is passionate about community, diversity, and inclusion and is actively involved with NOMA as the DCNOMA 2nd Vice President. She is based in Washington, D.C. Contact her at .