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Catriona Mitchell

Contract Administrator
Engaging sub-contractors, managing project budget, assisting site team
Construction and infrastructure
Hutchinson Builders
Job Level
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About me

  • International Experience
  • Regional Background

My role is as a Contract Administrator for Hutchinson Builders. I have a passion for design and believe that building stronger relationships between designers and builders is crucial to improving the built environment. I have a passion for equitable design, in particular creating spaces that women can feel safe and comfortable. I was a member of the Australian Institute of Architect’s committee for Equality and Diversity and am a strong believer in social justice within the built environment. My studies in Architecture and experience in the industry taught me the importance of collaboration and teamwork. Since making the change from Architecture to Construction, I have found great fulfilment in the relationships I have built and the comradery I have with collegues. I believe that while the job requires a lot of commitment, it is really rewarding and encourages young women to consider the career.

About my role

  • Confident
  • Creative
  • Intuitive
  • Reliable
  • Witty

The role of a Contract Administrator involves reviewing contractor scope of works and quotes. Managing the payment of those sub-contractors throughout the life of the project and approving contract variations where they occur. There is an expectation that CA’s work closely with their Project Manager and site team to ensure all sub-contractors are working in accordance with the project schedule and expectations. Reviewing safety management procedures and ensuring that safety is carried out on-site is also involved. Due to the nature of the construction industry, the role involves a lot of problem solving and relationship management. CA’s can be involved in the early design stages of a project to provide valuable input that can guide the design and ensure that what is being proposed is aligned with the client budget.

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  • High School Certificate
  • Bachelor of Design (Architectural Studies)
  • Master of Architecture


  • Netball
  • Reading
  • Running
  • Seeing family and friends


  • 1 Fish

15 year old me!!

“Back yourself. You’re going to come across a few people who will help you and nurture your career, but make sure when you know something – speak up.”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Started Interior Design at uni and then deferred
  2. Started architecture undergrad & first job in architecture firm
  3. Completed architecture bachelors with a minor in Project Management
  4. Completed Masters of Architecture

My employer

Hutchies has been building the structures in which Australians live, work, study, shop and play since 1912. From their early beginnings, they have grown into a dynamic and diverse construction company, delivering sophisticated projects across a comprehensive portfolio.