Ania Hampton, M.AIRAH
In 2016, Ania Hampton, M.AIRAH, was elected AIRAH's 53rd President – the first woman to take on the role since the Institute was established in 1920.
Born in Poland, Hampton moved to Australia with her parents (both mechanical engineers) as a small child.
"Despite their efforts to dissuade me, engineering seemed like the best way to do something practical with my love of maths and physics," she says.
The decision has resulted in her career as a sustainability consultant and she has run her own company, Edefice, since 2009.
Hampton took some time to answer questions about her experience in the HVAC&R industry and her AIRAH membership. Find the Q&A below.
What brought you to the HVAC&R industry?
My mum, literally. She would take me to work with her during school holidays, where I earned pocket money checking drawings for diffuser and light fitting clashes
What's your favourite HVAC&R-related memory?
My time as AIRAH President gave me a wonderful opportunity to see and understand the industry outside my little box and meet many of the terrific people in it. I especially enjoyed opening the AIRAH awards in 2016 and was struck by the passion and pride we have in what we do. That, and finding Ned Kelly’s “fridge” in a Glenrowan museum: a box with wet hessian sacks for walls. 😊
How long have you been a member of AIRAH?
10 years this year
What's something everyone should know about you, your work, or the HVAC&R industry?
People have no idea just how much they rely on HVAC&R. Without it, life as we know it simply wouldn't exist. We're far too humble; we deserve parades and definitely a statue.
How do you see the HVAC&R industry developing over the next 100 years?
Who knows? Given how far we've come in the last 100 years, I can't begin to imagine where the next 100 will take us. Anything is possible.