Is It Really that Bad?

The Status of Women in Architecture and the Gender Equity Movement

Authored by: Despina Stratigakos

The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138917569
eBook ISBN: 9781315688947
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What is the status of women in architecture today? This chapter examines the complicity of architecture schools in perpetuating professional gender biases; the struggles of female architecture graduates to enter and remain in practice; reasons for women’s alarmingly high attrition rates; women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles (e.g. principal or partners of firms, tenured design professors); the importance of role models and mentors in the classroom and the office; how recent media coverage is bringing attention to architecture’s gender problems; and how grassroots organizations are fighting back against discrimination.

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