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Profile: Azu Hatch – chartered holistic building design engineer

AzuCambridge AWiSE Steering Group member – Azu Hatch CEng MIMechE AMIOA

I am a chartered holistic building design engineer, STEM ambassador, wife and mother.  I have a background in mechanical services (air conditioning, ventilation, heating) with a specialism in acoustics and a keen interest in sustainability.

I spent my formative professional years at Arup and Arup Acoustics in London, Edinburgh and Melbourne – a recruitment agent once spent 5 minutes on the phone marvelling at how anyone could be at the same company for 16 years!  More recently I have been a project engineer at University of Cambridge spin off company Breathing Buildings, who design and make low energy natural ventilation systems.  Last year, circumstances forced me into going self-employed, and at Cambridge Architectural Research I have found myself back surrounded by some of the greatest brains around.   I contribute to projects ranging from architecture, structure, seismic risk and energy use, producing CAD drawings, report input and analyses of data.

My working weeks have been part-engineering and part-mother ever since having my first child and it generally works well.  In between I contribute my time to STEMNet events throughout the year and help out at my daughter’s school science club.  To feed my love of books and also to help with promotion of STEM subjects to children, I have also become an independent book seller of a certain children’s book publisher.

I joined Cambridge AWiSE in 2009 when I first got made redundant and have just joined the steering group to add an engineering point of view to the group of inspiring women here.  I really like that cake eating has an unapologetically high place of honour in all of our events.


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