Assistant Project Manager
Joanna doesn't do anything by halves. When she isn't climbing mountains or skiing down them, she's working on some of London's most prestigious construction projects. Since joining Mace in 2014, Joanna has completed Mace's Graduate Development Programme and is now using her knowledge to assist in transforming the former Olympic Park site - creating a lasting legacy in east London.
- How did you get into what you do?
I studied architecture at university, and as part of that I got to experience designing and building a nursery school in South Africa - I even laid some of the bricks! After graduating, I worked at a local construction management firm, then spent some time travelling. It was then that I decided that I didn't want to go into architecture, but I knew I'd return to the construction world.
I was attracted to Mace because I knew I'd get to work on exciting projects with talented people, and because of the support and training provided through Mace's graduate programme.
- What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
- I work with a range of people, from clients to designers, to planners, to contractors. Everyone has different skills and different ways of working, which means that from one day to the next I can be involved in such a variety of work - it really keeps me on my toes. The very best part of the job though, has to be seeing a project turn into built reality, especially after all the hard work that goes into making that happen.
- What has been your favourite piece of work at Mace?
- I'm part of the team delivering Olympicopolis; a new cultural and educational quarter in east London. I feel lucky to be involved in such a prestigious project and to be working with the organisation responsible for the Olympic legacy. As part of my role, I'm working with high-profile partners including Sadler's Wells, the London College of Fashion and the V&A Museum. I'm immensely proud of what we have achieved so far and excited for what's still to come.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
- Get relevant work experience, learn about the industry and visit construction sites - that's the place to learn. The graduate programme at Mace is a great stepping stone when building a career in construction. Don't be afraid to get out there and apply, even if you don't have a construction related background or qualification.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- Anything that involves being outdoors: running, cycling, swimming, climbing, skiing, hiking. If I could do my job and a ski season at the same time that would be ideal.
- What has been your greatest achievement?
- After I graduated I climbed to Everest base camp. It was pretty crazy and more than a little cold. I'd always wanted to do it and it turned out to be the most amazing experience. Next year I'm signed up to run the london marathon for Diabetes UK, if I make it to the finish line that may just take the top spot!
“I was attracted to Mace because I knew I’d get to work on exciting projects with talented people, and because of the support and training provided through Mace’s graduate programme.”