Listen to the second episode in The Last Mile, an engaging conversation with Bianca Hung about building a career and attaining leadership roles while working part-time.

I took a career break when I was already a director principal, so that looked a little bit different, rather than getting pushed out and kept trying to come back in as I was progressing. Certainly, COVID also changed a lot of things. But at Hayball, we try to look at flexible work policies that are more genuine. So they’re inclusive, but are targeted at females tried to juggle family life and part-time work and perhaps, you know, doing more than just part-time work. Certainly, working less than three days in an office is very difficult when leading a major project. So I think it’s trying to provide that support where, particularly females, if they’re coming back part time can have those opportunities.

Bianca Hung

Bianca’s story conveys the need for practices to be more creative in terms of supporting people working part time. Circumstances needs to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis – the power of sponsorship is providing the support to ensure people are doing the right roles, doing what they want to do, and succeeding.

Bianca is a Director of Hayball. Over the course of more than ten years in practice, she has worked on a broad variety of projects, with a focus on the residential sector, from single dwellings to large scale multi-residential developments. She has a particular interest in interiors and much of her work reflects this focus. Bianca is well-versed in working alongside upper-tier developers and relishes the challenge of balancing requisite time and cost restraints with good design outcomes.

The Last Mile is an initiative of the Champions of Change Architecture Group Sponsorship Action Group.

Interviews were conducted by Brian Clohessy, Isabella Aliberti, Tia Soulakellis and Sam de Jongh and are published in collaboration with Parlour.