Gemma Hohnen on Leverage

Selfie, Gemma Hohnen

In each issue of our journal, we ask a handful of people to reflect on our chosen theme (and provide a selfie of themselves!). This is architecture consultant and climate activist, Gemma Hohnen, on Leverage:

Leverage is situational, tactical and organic; there is uncertainty in the outcome. At its best leverage is that point used to shift outcomes for the better. Architectural skills can be applied across multiple fields and in a time when it has been challenging to find traditional practice work that is the right fit, it has made sense to explore other avenues, paths of lesser resistance built upon interests beyond designing an excellent building with a great team. Voluntary work is the perfect way to build upon and develop your skills beyond what an office might offer, meet new people in related fields and form alliances.

My agenda has become clearer and within my means I am looking for opportunities to use my skills to push the message of the climate emergency. Sometimes leverage is the simple act of asking.

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