An Interview With Roma Agrawal
What more can be done to encourage more girls to take up and carry on with STEM subjects through to their professional life?
Build lots of awareness! There are outdated and unhelpful stereotypes which put off girls (and boys) from considering STEM careers and the key is to challenge these - through promoting role models, more shows about science and engineering on the telly, and doing work with schools and parents.
What is your favourite building?
I love The Shard (I may be biased!). It is an amazing addition to London's skyline, it's sensitive and beautiful and was a great experience to be part of the team that delivered the tower.
You had to overcome many obstacles to reach this point in your career, how did you find the motivation to stick at it?
I love what I do and chose to ignore the people that thought I couldn't succeed in a 'man's world'. The construction and engineering industry is an exciting and rewarding place to work and I would recommend it to everyone.
What would be your dream project to work on?
I would love to go back in time and work on a historical structure like the Houses of Parliament. It is such a stunning project, next to the river and very large, and I am fascinated by how it was designed and built without the technology we have today.
How do you like to spend your weekends?
At the moment I'm writing a book! I'm very excited about my book deal (with Bloomsbury Publishing). I'm writing about engineering and construction for a general audience, and enjoying digging up exciting and unexpected stories about buildings, bridges, tunnels and more from ancient history till today. I also love doing yoga, baking, reading and spending time with family and friends.