Charlotte Ripley

Student, Loughborough University

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Don't let failure or doubt or stereotypes hold you back.

What do you do?

I’m studying Architectural Engineering and Design Management.

Why did you choose this field?

50,000 tonnes of engineered rock first sparked my interest in structures when, aged 7, I visited Pont Du Gard, one of man's most striking yet practical constructions. However, despite its beauty, what fascinated me most, even then, was that this famous feat of architecture had been built using merely ancient tools. To think what we could create in the next century alone with our ever advancing knowledge in construction is overwhelming and inspires me to contribute, as a woman, to the constant reshaping of our built environment. My interest in this career has made me realise how buildings affect everyone's lives - from the ancient buildings I have seen in modern day Rome to the national excitement of the Olympic stadium to how a project on TV's DIY SOS can transform the life of a family struck by hardship. I would love to be a part of something that can make a real difference in the world.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Winning Midland Women in Property award, the experience provided me with so many opportunities and introduced me to people who have been fundamental to my professional development.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love being part of an industry that is constantly changing. I am particularly interested in ethical construction, both environmentally and socially and am excited to be part of creating a more innovative and sustainable construction industry.

Best advice for next generation?

Don't let failure or doubt or stereotypes hold you back. Put yourself out there and anything is possible.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” - Sara Blakely

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