Inspiring Woman 2020


In a world where only 13% of UK architects are women, Joanna Clarke excels in her role and inspires the next generation of building designers. In the College of Engineering, Joanna works as SPECIFIC’s International Architectural Design Manager and was the Designer of the Active Buildings.

The Active Classroom and Active Office on the Bay Campus generate more energy than they consume, addressing the issue of decarbonisation in buildings and helping the UK towards its ‘net zero’ pledge by 2050. The buildings have won numerous awards from top institutions such as ‘Constructing Excellence Wales’ and ‘The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ proving that they are viewed as the cutting-edge in building design.

Joanna’s attitude towards her work is inspiring for all those around her. She is passionate about educating the next ‘wave’ young people; and not only does she put herself forward for additional workshops, events and outreach activities, but is also studying for a Doctorate in the Sustainable Built Environment (D.SBE) in her spare time.

With an endless supply of patience and a relentlessly upbeat attitude, Joanna’s sunny disposition means that even under adverse conditions, she balances her work and pitches in wherever help is needed. Always with a smile on her face, she is a pleasure to work with.

During her career, Joanna has been invited many times to share her knowledge as a speaker at industrial and public events including the British Science Festival. Joanna’s passion has meant she is heavily involved in educating both industry professionals and schoolchildren.

Joanna is a registered STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) ambassador and regularly holds events and workshops for schools to introduce them to the sustainable building technologies of the future and inspire the younger generation into construction and engineering.