A BAYSWATER resident was recognised for her landscape work for the Fiona Stanley Hospital project at the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) awards on November 17.
Natalie Busch (35), a senior associate at design practice HASSELL, was awarded the Creating the Best Project Award.
Ms Busch served as the landscape architecture team leader and was responsible for design and co-ordination for all external spaces within the project.
The $21 million landscape project included parklands, bush, streetscapes, courtyards and planted rooftops across five levels and over 32 hectares.
Ms Busch, who has been in the industry for 10 years, said she felt honoured and humbled to have won the award.
“I think you are always so busy, it is very rare that you take a step back… it is kind of strange to take a step back and be appreciated for what you have done,” she said.
Ms Busch said it was difficult to co-ordinate a big landscape team.
“Definitely, I think I am receiving it on behalf of all of the people that I have worked with, men and women as well,” she said.
“It was definitely a challenging project; it had very high profile, so it was very challenging in terms of the government approval and internally co-ordinating.”
Ms Busch said she had been married and had two kids over the seven-year project.
“I have returned to Fiona Stanley Hospital on a number of occasions to see how the spaces are being used,” she said.
“The thing that stands out for me is not so much the detail but wherever you look, when you are looking through the main concourse you can get glimpses of landscape and natural vegetation.
“That has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety for people… it means more than the little details that we worry about all the time.”
She said it was a good thing that the construction industry had started to be more flexible with families in the workplace.