Derg woman named ‘Most Influential Female Architect’ in the UK

Thursday, 16 August 2018

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A LOCAL architect has been named the 'most influential' woman in her field across the UK.
The stellar success of Johann Muldoon, who is originaly from Castlederg, seems to have no bounds, with recently becoming the first female architect and youngest person to receive an MBE for contribution to architecture and business in Northern Ireland, this would seem enough in a lifetime for most, but for Johann within weeks of receiving her investiture she was awarded 'Most Influential Female Architect UK 2018', her company was awarded 'Best Multi-disciplinary Firm NI 2018' and secured the largest contract ever secured by an Northern Ireland-based company at circa 300 million.
When asked about making history and seemingly ignoring any glass ceilings nor gender imbalances Johann said: "I'm honoured and delighted to set a new bar for women in male dominated roles, however my main focus is to be the best I can be to achieve my full potential and see how far I can go.
"Whether this has been within a male dominated field has been, to a large degree irrelevant to me, I genuinely feel as though I'm just getting warmed up."
She went on to say: "Success for me comes from being undeterred, unrelenting and never retreating from any challenge, face life head on and squeeze every ounce of goodness out of it, be your best and dream big.
"It's about the legacy we leave our children and I want to make sure I deliver a legacy which proves that you can be whatever you want if you focus and work hard."
Johann, who is director of Manor Architects in Moneymore, is currently working on the new aporting facility for Strabane Athletic as well as Sion Mills.
Having attained all awards at each stage of her career, beginning with being awarded 'UK Young Entrepreneur' at the age of 16, Johann returned to Northern Ireland in 2008 and joined Manor Architects.
During this time, she has battled a recession, became a specialist conservation architect and led the company to now boast the most diverse project and client range in Northern Ireland.
Operating mainly in the private sector, Johann has taken this previously unheard-of firm, expanded, rebranded and pushed it forward which now sees Manor Architects delivering projects in USA, Europe and across all of the UK and Ireland.
As an inspiration leader Johann has lectured at both Queen's University Belfast where she was awarded the prestigious 'Graduate of the Year 2017' and The Mackintosh School of Architecture where she made history by receiving two medals for architecture, the Royal Scottish Architecture Prize and became the youngest tutor at the school.
Recently projects which the company are working on in Scotland has seen Johann once again working with students on live projects to inspire and give them first-hand experience.
Her passion for architecture is one aspect which sets Johann apart as an inspirational leader but this alone does not set the full picture, she is an ambassador for Belfast and for Young Enterprise, is in the process of establishing a social enterprise to assist mothers and parents who want to get back into the workplace and is also a mother of three babies under the age of three-years-old.



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