Suzi Wong: the power of investing in you

Starting up

16 February 2018

Behind every business there’s a story. And for AXA customer Suzi Wong of Grey Rose Architects, that story started when she was just seven years old…

After deciding to become an architect from such a young age, she’s been following her dream ever since, and even in the face of adversity her belief never wavered.

‘I decided to become an architect when I was 7. My teacher said it was boy’s job. I’d love her to see my client list now’.

Today, only 26% of architects in the UK are women1 and Suzi is proud to be one of them. ‘I see my gender as a differentiator, not a weakness. That’s what Grey Rose is all about. To challenge the industry norms.’

We believe every business has an inspirational story to tell. That’s why we caught up with Suzi, who built her business on her own ambition.

Suzi Wong Architect

Can you tell us a bit about how you started the business?
And do you still find working for yourself more freeing?
Why is it important to you to challenge industry norms?
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to face?
And what keeps you going?
You tutor other young architects too. What advice do you give to young people thinking of following in your footsteps?
What advice would you give other small businesses?
And what’s next for Grey Rose Architects?

We're proud to protect Grey Rose Architects. For more about Suzi Wong:

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Instagram: @greyrosearchitects

Twitter: @greyrosestudio

1According to the ARB 26 per cent of those on the register are women.


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