<![CDATA[In past articles, I have written about gender discrimination against women in the law, economics, and medicine and physics. New research reveals similar patterns that discourage women from staying in the field of architecture. As in many other professions, such as those mentioned above, women account for half of all graduates from architecture schools but represent only 20 percent of licensed architects and 17 percent of partners or principles in firms. Allison Arieff, writing for the New York Times, reports on a recent survey of 14,360 respondents conducted by Equity by Design, an initiative of the American Institute of Architects. The survey included architects in every state and across six continents, and it found the following:
- Female and minority architects and designers earn lower salaries than their white male peers and are less likely to hold positions of leadership.
- Mothers in particular lose out on career and salary advancements.
- Firms have been slow to follow best practices regarding equity and worker well-being.
- Assumptions are prevalent that women will quit to marry.
- Women’s competency and qualifications are often questioned, and they are unable to command authority on job sites.
- Female role models and mentors are scarce.
- Male colleagues complain that they do not want to take orders from a woman.
- Tools for dealing with sexism
- Access to salary information
- Equal pay
- New definitions of success as an architect
1 thought on “Why Are There So Few Female Architects?”
Yes, please, more female architects! I wish for this every time I wait in a long line for the women’s bathroom, watching the men never having to wait for their equivalently sized bathroom. I have confidence that this issue will be resolved once we have more female architects!
I wonder if one more impediment for getting women into architecture is that many middle school females are no longer encouraged to pursue math and science, and may even be dissuaded. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/09/080905153807.htm
Thank you for bringing attention to this issue! I always love reading your posts, and deeply appreciate how you manifest a female-based leadership model.