Celebrating Women

By March 10, 20202019, Articles

For our third article in celebration of International Women’s Day we hear from two of our interior designers who continue to inspire and support other women.

Rochelle Mojica-Beligon, Associate

How important is it for women to lift each other up and what does that mean to you?
It is always lovely to witness how a small gesture such as kind words, a helping hand, or just simply remembering to connect can make a big difference to the people we meet. Helping one woman can help more women. I might not have a biological sister, but I feel blessed to have known great women whom I’ve met in my life journey.

On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?
There is a saying that “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back. Women need to support each other, especially in our industry where males dominate the construction sector. We should aim to inspire future generations, promote gender equality and, most of all, and empower one another.

Who was your role model as you were starting your career and why?
When I first came to Dubai in 2005, I realised that there are more opportunities in interior design y compared to architecture. I took on a role as an interior designer as a challenge back then but in a short period of time, I realised that this was my true passion. This would not have been possible if I had not been given the opportunity by my first mentor Mahnaz Liaghnat whom at that time was the interior design director in Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann (now Stantec).

Heba Soliman, Senior Interior Designer

How important is it for women to lift each other up and what does that mean to you?
It is very important to encourage and uplift another woman. I believe it is the greatest gift you can give. When you show someone that you think she has value, you can transform her life.

On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?
Be strong and confident. Never doubt your abilities, set your goals and work hard to achieve them. Be inspired by other women’s success.

Who was your role model as you were starting your career and why?
My role model is Zaha Hadid. She boldly went outside the box of traditional design, liberated architectural geometry, giving it a whole new expressive identity.
She was always so determined and she stood up for her dream despite the challenges she faced being a woman in a male dominated industry.