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A woman who hunts, shoots and rescues

Annette Schnydrig readily admits that she has a proclivity for the more male-dominated areas. Maybe that’s why the qualified architect opted for a job in defence. In the following interview, she tells us which particular skills are in demand for her line of work.

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Portrait of Annette Schnydrig.

Annette Schnydrig is project portfolio manager in the department of Strategic Real Estate Projects.

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First name

Highest academic qualification

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Working in current function since

Schnydrig

Annette

Masters from ETH

April 2015

April 2015

Interview with Annette Schnydrig.
Interview with Annette Schnydrig.

Ms Schnydrig, what motivated you to become an architect?

A mixture of creativity and science. The role of an architect is basically to span the divide between aesthetics and what is scientifically possible in terms of static and building physics.

Moreover, studying architecture provides access to a broad range of further courses of study. I completed an MAS in 'Management, Economy and Technology’ so I opted more for the business side.

As a child and teenager, were you given special support in maths, IT, natural sciences and technology (MINT subjects)?

I would say more that I was made that way than supported. My father was an engineer and he passed a lot of that onto us, especially in terms of looking for solutions independently. Having two older brothers also played a part.

I tend to gravitate towards areas that are not normally associated with women, for example, hunting, rescue, shooting.

As a woman, what do you need to do to fit in in a male-dominated area such as defence equipment procurement?

I think it really depends on your personality whether you fit in here or not. You need to remember that your counterpart is from the military and functions and communicates accordingly. As a woman, you can accept that and deal with it, otherwise I don't think you're in the right place and will always struggle with that.

However, a healthy self-awareness and perseverance are necessary, as is a touch of self-irony.

Annette Schnydrig at work.
Annette Schnydrig at work.

How many women do you work together with and what do you think about mixed teams?

There are three other women in a team of about 15 people. Mixed teams are more diversified in many respects with more animated debate. I see that as an advantage. I also think that the family factor is addressed and accepted more in mixed teams.

What advice would you like to give to other women in terms of their careers?

Not to compare themselves to others too much. They just need to do a good job and comply with the job requirements. The compensation does not depend solely on your own performance but also on what is happening in your area.

Development is defined by many factors. For example, women still have a deep-seated sense of responsibility towards their children and factors resulting from that, such as workload and part-time employment pose an extra challenge that can impact career advancement. I think it’s important to achieve personal balance.