Western Sydney University has introduced the $60,000 Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation) scholarship for women students, as supported by Frasers Property Australia.

The scholarship is intended to promote increased female participation in architecture, reinforcing a strong commitment to diversity and gender equity, as well as job opportunities for women in architecture.

Women constitute only 31 percent of the Australian architecture industry; and, says the 2018 Census Report, the profession as a whole is inequal at the core.

Yet with an increase of 51% in the past fifteen years, the nation has seen a sharp surge in female population, with the most populated states like New South Wales and Victoria consisting of one-third women.

Western Sydney University’s Master of Architecture program is the sole course of its sort in Western Sydney and allows student access to real-world learning ops, based at Australia’s unique infrastructure projects, like the Aerotropolis.

Professor Kerry London, Dean of School of Built Environment, Western Sydney University, says that the school’s partnership with Frasers Property on this woman-geared scholarship signalled the inception of a collaborative and productive relationship with an industry leader. London believes that this scholarship will inspire a new generation of future women architects in western Sydney.

The Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation) scholarship holds a value of $30,000 yearly, spanning throughout the two-year Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation) course and accessible to full- and part-time pupils who have finished undergrad studies in architecture.

The application window is now open, closing 20 March 2020.