I am in my final year of architecture and law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. The juncture of architecture and law is an exciting one. It is a space that has the capacity to facilitate social justice, empowerment and self-determinism through the interaction of the built environment and social policy. I have a strong interest in social justice and have engaged this idea through community work, research papers and volunteer projects in Sydney, Sri Lanka and India. My final year project is centred on how architecture can serve and respond to the needs of women, especially from minority groups, by exploring and designing spatial, legal and social relationships that may impact upon them in housing and urban planning.
I have learnt that there is an overwhelming need for housing and public space design to be always mindful of sustainably incorporating community needs, and in particular, to ease the adversity faced by some members of our community. After university I hope to work towards creating more equitable communities in Australia and abroad.